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Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez out 4-6 weeks with lat strain

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The Seattle Mariners are going to have to get by without Felix Hernandez for a while.

The team announced that the veteran starter sustained a Grade 1 lat strain during a rough outing against the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, and is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.

Hernandez, who is in his 15th season with the franchise, is struggling again this year after a horrible 2018 campaign. The former Cy Young Award winner has posted a 1-4 record, 6.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in eight starts and 38.2 innings pitched so far this season.

Right-hander Wade LeBlanc is likely to return to the rotation from injury to take Hernandez’s place on the roster after a successful rehab start with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on Monday. He had made just three starts this season before spending significant time on the injured list with a strained right oblique.

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be out at least six more weeks with lat strain, right shoulder inflammation

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The New York Yankees are going to have to wait a little while longer before their ace returns to the rotation.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media on Friday that All-Star right hander Luis Severino will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks before he’s able to return to the lineup.

The 25-year old Dominican has yet to throw a pitch this season after being sustaining rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder during Spring Training, and later being diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain in April.

Severino, who is in the first season of a four-year, $40 million contract extension, has posted a 41-25 record, 3.51 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP over a span of 518 innings ptiched and four seasons with the franchise.

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Pirates asking a lot from Dodgers in Felipe Vazquez trade talks

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to take Felipe Vazquez off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hands, it’s going to cost them quite a bit.

According to sources, the Pirates are asking for two of the Dodgers’ top four prospects as a starting point in trade talks for the veteran closer.

The two-time MLB All-Star has posted a 2-1 record, 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and converted 20 of 21 save opportunities in 35 games and 38.1 innings pitched so far this season.

He is currently in the second season of a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension that include a pair of $10 million club options in 2022 and 2023.

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Twins targeting Blue Jays closer Ken Giles as Trade Deadline approaches

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It’s no secret that the first place Minnesota Twins could use some bullpen help. As the trade deadline quickly approaches, they are apparently looking north of the border to secure a reliable arm.

According to reports, the team has expressed interest in a number of reliable relievers, most notable Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles.

The 28-year old, who was initially acquired by Toronto in a trade that shipped controversial right-hander Roberto Osuna to Houston back on July 30, 2018, has turned his career around and excelled in his first full season with the Blue Jays.

In 31 games and 31.0 innings pitched this season, Giles has posted a 1-2 record, 1.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and has converted 13 of his 14 save opportunities.

The Twins will have other suitors to compete with, considering he is one of the more valuable bullpen arms rumoured to be on the trade market.

The MLB Trade Deadline is on July 31st.

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