MLB News: Seattle Mariners Pitcher Felix Hernandez Shut Down For The Year

He’ll miss one start.

Felix Hernandez was scheduled to pitch the Mariners season finale on Sunday, but on Thursday GM Jack Zduriencik announced that the team was shutting him down so he could be better rested for the start of next season.

“The decision is he’s had a phenomenal year, pitched a terrific season for him,” Zduriencik said. “He leads the league in several categories. At the age of 24, we feel as we move forward in this organization, he’s the centerpiece of what we’re doing.”

Hernandez will finish with a 13-12 record with a best-in-the-AL 2.27 ERA, he also leads the league in innings with 249 2/3, leads the Majors with 30 quality starts, leads the AL in strikeouts with 232 and leads the league in opponents batting average at .212.

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