EVERETT — King Felix will return to Funko Field for a second time.
Greg Johns, the Seattle Mariners beat writer for MLB.com, reported that the former American League Cy Young Award winner will make a second rehab appearance for the Everett AquaSox on Wednesday against the Tri-City Dust Devils. AquaSox general manager Danny Tetzlaff confirmed the report on Tuesday.
“As much as we want to see Felix back on the mound with the Mariners soon, we’re glad he gets to make another stop in Everett,” AquaSox team operations manager Alex Clausius said in a press release.
It will be Hernandez’s fourth minor-league rehab start in his recovery from a Grade 1 lat strain and his second in Everett. Hernandez was sharp in his first stint with the Sox on Aug. 2, striking out two over two hitless innings. He was removed early from a rehab start with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on June 14, and he allowed two runs on three hits for the Single-A Modesto Nuts last week.
Hernandez, a six-time All-Star, is in the final season of a seven-year, $175 million contract. The Mariners hold a team option for 2020.
Brandon Williamson, the Mariners’ second-round pick, is expected to follow Hernandez on the mound Wednesday.
“Whenever our players get a chance to observe and learn about how a long time big-leaguer goes about his business, only positive outcomes can come from that,” AquaSox manager Louis Boyd said. “The way he carries himself is impeccable and a great example for our guys. We look forward to having him back in an AquaSox uniform as a stepping stone back to the big leagues.”
Josh Horton covers the AquaSox for the Daily Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @joshhortonEDH