PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, but the team says the move to sideline the 2005 rookie phenom is strictly precautionary.
The 19-year-old right-hander developed shin splints on Sunday. Hernandez had the leg taped on Monday and was walking without a limp onto the practice field to join his team for warmups. The Mariners are holding him out of his pitching routine for a day or two but do not currently believe Hernandez will miss his start on April 7 against Oakland.
"He's fine," manager Mike Hargrove said.
Hernandez has been riding exercise bikes and working on his upper body to avoid putting much pressure on his legs. In four spring training games, he was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 innings. He struck out eight Arizona Diamondbacks over five innings in his last start on Thursday.
Meanwhile, starting center fielder Jeremy Reed was scheduled to rejoin the team late Monday night after two more tests in Seattle earlier in the day tried to determine the extent of a right wrist
fracture. A team spokesman said doctors were scheduled to review Monday's test results on Tuesday and that the team will then have a better understanding of how long they will be without Reed.
Initial tests showed Reed fractured the small scaphoid bone inside his wrist when he ran into the padded center-field fence at Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday night in pursuit of a fly ball.