Felix Hernandez needed the work, the Seattle Mariners didn't want him facing the Texas Rangers, so he wound up on the mound against minor league hitters today.
Felix struggled - to throw enough pitches
Catcher Miguel Olivo was behind the plate for Felix, and had never caught him pitching quite that well.
"He had everything today and threw it for a strike - fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker - everything!" Olivo said. "The curve he was throwing today? I don't know how they hit him, ever, because I can barely catch it."
Just how good was that curve today?
"Nobody put one in play," Willis said.
"Now I prepare or opening night," Felix said.