Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez to start vs Astros on Friday

31 AUG 2016: Seattle Mariners Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) [4566] during the MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
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Seattle Mariners right-handed starting pitcher Felix Hernandez will start on Friday night against the Houston Astros, according to Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times.

Divish also states that fellow right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will rejoin the Mariners’ rotation on either Saturday or Sunday.

Hernandez has been on the 10-day disabled list since Apr. 26 while dealing with bursitis in his shoulder.

The 31-year-old has made five starts this season and has struggled.

The 2010 American League Cy Young award winner has gone just 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA, allowing 39 hits and six home runs while striking out 22 batters in 26.2 innings of work.

Hernandez’s strange decline started last season, when he tallied a 3.82 ERA and a 4.63 FIP over 153.1 frames of action. He also recorded just 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings, a career low.

Just three years ago, Hernandez led the league with a 2.14 ERA and minuscule 0.915 WHIP while striking out 248 batters in 236 innings.

Iwakuma was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation back on May 10.

The 36-year-old has started six games for Seattle this season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA and alarming 6.40 FIP. Across 31 innings of action, he has allowed 27 hits and seven home runs while fanning 16 hitters.

He owns a career record of 63-39 with a 3.42 ERA over 150 outings and 136 starts in the majors.

The Mariners are currently 33-37 and sit a whopping 13.5 games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West Division.

They will finish up a three-game road series with the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Seattle dropped the first two games of the set.

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