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Felix Goes On The DL - Mariners Call Up A Lefty

Felix Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game Monday, a move that means the earliest he could start again would be July 9 in Oakland.

To take his spot on the Mariners roster, the team called up left-handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez from Tacoma. Jimenez will join the team tonight and almost certainly work out of the bullpen.

Hernandez hasn't pitched since spraining his left ankle in a home-plate collision against the New York Mets, and now won't make more than one more start before the beginning of the All-Star break July 14.

"His landing foot just isn't ready, and when the doctors recommended Felix not throw again for a few days, we were getting into that 15-day zone any way," manager Jim Riggleman said. "This way, Felix isn't rushed and we get an arm to help us through the next week."