Mariners’ Felix Hernandez upset he won’t start Opening Day

Time and age have caught up to Felix Hernandez.

Once the unquestioned ace of the Seattle staff, Hernandez won’t start Opening Day for the first time since 2008. He’s been named Seattle’s No. 5 starter and isn’t planned to take the mound until the team’s seventh game of the season.

When asked if he was upset by the team’s decision not to hand him the ball to open 2019, Hernandez responded: “Yeah.”

“I’ve got no comment to that,” he said when asked to elaborate on his frustration (via The Seattle Times). “What do you want me to say?”

Hernandez, 32, is 25-27 over the last three seasons, including an 8-14 record in 2018. His 5.55 ERA a year ago was the worst of his career.

Mariners manager Scott Servais downplayed the Hernandez’s place at the bottom of the rotation.

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“He’s a starting pitcher in the big leagues, and we’ll give him the ball every fifth day,” he said.

Hernandez is scheduled to make $27 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent.

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