UPDATE: Here's the video. It's a little shaky.
Of course, it was a simulated game and he was facing the likes of Denny Almonte, Danny Carroll and two other minor leaguers.
As Ian Snell said: "All these people want to talk to you after you carved up some minor leaguers."
Regardless, Felix Hernandez looked sharp throwing 35 pitches, I had him for 20 strikes unofficially. But he struck out five of the nine batters he faced. They had him retire four batters in each inning, and he took a break in between innings as lefty Nick Hill also took part in the simulated game.
"Feels good," Hernandez said as he walked past media members after his outing. "That's all you need to know."
Um sorry, Felix we need to know more than that.
Later he confirmed that he will throw a bullpen later this week and then start Sunday's game in Tucson. He'll be on a pitch count of around 50 pitches or so.
"All of my pitches were working, I think I'm ready for a game," Hernandez said. "I'm ready for Tucson."
Manager Don Wakamatsu was impressed.
"I thought he looked outstanding. It’s really impressive to me to watch what a difference a year makes in the way he goes about his business. I think he’s on track. I know we’ve held him back a little bit, but watching the action of his pitches,I couldn’t be more pleased at this point."
And the pitches?
"His pitches were down in the zone and he was throwing a heavy ball."
The simulated game was also the first live catching for Rob Johnson, who has only worked in bullpen situations as he recovers from hip surgeries.
"He was nasty," Johnson said. "It was the first time I caught live pitching, but so everybody is going to looked nasty. But I thought he looked exceptionally well."
Johnson looked like he was catching his first live pitching. He dropped a few balls and even dropped a foul pop. But Wakamatsu seemed unconcerned.
"All I look for is his health and the way he is moving back there," Wakamatsu said. "He dropped a couple balls, but I don't know who could catch (Felix) today the way his ball was moving."
Johnson said he felt like he "wasn't fighting himself" to get into catching position and Wakamatsu said his throws to second looked solid. If everything goes as planned, he will also make his first start with Felix on Sunday in Tucson.