Mariners’ Felix Hernandez receives ‘clean bill of health’

An elbow “issue” was reportedly behind the delayed and ultimately adjusted agreement reached between the Seattle Mariners and right-hander Felix Hernandez. While this unknown ailment that was discovered during Hernandez’s MRI following the initial agreement, the former Cy Young Award winner has now received a clean bill of health from team doctors, general manager Jack Zduriencik tells Greg Johns of

The Mariners and Hernandez officially announced their seven-year, $175 million extension agreement yesterday. There are minor clauses protecting the team against elbow injury, but the $175 million over the next seven years is guaranteed.

It looked like the elbow issue had potential to cost Hernandez his lucrative agreement which becomes the richest received by a pitcher in MLB history. This was especially the case considering the concerns that can arise from elbow-related ailments.

However, King Felix has is still being paid like royalty and the Mariners are convinced that his elbow doesn’t pose enough of a risk to forego the long-term commitment.

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