Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez left his first spring training start after taking a line drive off his pitching arm.
Hernandez was hit on the upper portion of his right forearm with a comebacker off the bat of Cubs catcher Victor Caratini in the second inning. He appeared to be in considerable pain and was removed from the game immediately with a trainer holding his arm.
X-rays on the arm were negative and Hernandez will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, the team said.
Hernandez is far from the ace he was earlier in his career but is still an important part of the Seattle rotation. He had a 4.36 ERA and 1.292 WHIP in 16 starts last season as he missed significant time with shoulder and biceps injuries.
Hernandez faced six batters in his abbreviated spring debut, striking out two and allowing just one hit (Caratini’s single).