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Felix will pitch today, just not against the White Sox

Given another day to help Felix Hernandez along his path to the regular season, the Seattle Marines decided that letting him pitch an inning in a game didn't make much sense.

So he's not facing the White Sox today.

Instead, he's going to throw 25 pitches in a workout today, sit down as if between innings, then throw another 25-30 pitches. That, of course, is more like the workload of a starting pitcher – which Felix will be when he joins Team Venezuela on Tuesday for the World Baseball Classic.

In most camps, the manager or pitching coach would happily take credit for the brilliant change in approach. This isn't most camps.

Pitching coach Rick Adair said Hernandez broached the side session when they talked on Sunday, and Adair and manager Don Wakamatsu quickly embraced it as the best way to help get their ace pitcher ready for what lies ahead in the WBC.