Fifteen years after his last appearance at Wolff Stadium, Felix Hernandez was back on the mound in San Antonio on Friday.
Hernandez played for the then-Double-A Missions in 2004 while coming up through the minors in the Seattle Mariners organization.
The 33-year-old right-hander from Venezuela has been pitching in the majors for the Mariners since 2005. His appearance in San Antonio on Friday for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers was his first rehab game since going on the injured list on May 12.
Hernandez’s night was shorter than expected. There were reports that he would throw in the range of 55 to 65 pitches. Instead, Hernandez left the mound with one out in the third inning. He walked off with the Rainiers’ team trainer.
The Missions put up two runs on two hits and a walk against Hernandez, who threw a total of 31 pitches.
Media reports indicated Hernandez left the game due to fatigue.
Keston Hiura and Tyler Saladino hit home runs to pace the Missions to a 6-1 victory over the Rainers.