EVERETT — The Everett AquaSox and Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that former American League Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez will make a rehab appearance for the AquaSox on Friday at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the news from [Seattle Mariners Farm Director] Andy McKay that Felix would be back in Everett,” AquaSox general manager Danny Tetzlaff said in a press release. “I’m very happy that our AquaSox fans will get another opportunity to see Felix pitch here at Funko Field.”
Hernandez previously rehabbed in Everett in 2016 while recovering from a calf injury and pitched 3.2 innings in front of a record-breaking crowd of 5,189.
Hernandez was placed on the injured list by the Mariners on May 12 with a latissimus dorsi strain. His return was sidetracked during a June 14 rehab start with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers when he felt shoulder fatigue in his third inning.
In 2003, Hernandez began his professional career in Everett as a 17-year-old. In his 11 games for the AquaSox that year, Hernandez was 7-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. Two years later, he was called up to the Mariners.
In 15 major-league seasons with Seattle, Hernandez has a 3.38 ERA in 411 starts. Along the way he made six All-Star appearances, earned two American League ERA titles, won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award and threw the 23rd perfect game in major league history on August 15, 2012.
Friday’s game will also be Star Wars Night at the ballpark, as well as a Funko Friday with a Star Wars-themed Funko Pop! giveaway.