NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Former Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez's presence is one of the early sub plots for the Atlanta Braves.
Free-agent acquisition Cole Hamels, pegged No. 4 in the defending National League East Division champions' rotation, may miss three weeks of camp with shoulder soreness.
There already had been an expected duel for the No. 5 spot between Hernandez, Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright and recently signed Josh Tomlin.
Hernandez said Thursday as the Braves worked out their pitchers and catchers that he feels really good and has no complaints.
The 33-year-old spent is whole career with the Mariners before signing with the Braves. He pitched 15 season for the M's. His record is 169-136 with a 3.42 career ERA.
Hernandez won one Cy Young, six-time All-Star, and threw one perfect game on August 15, 2012.