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Felix looks free and easy in first bullpen

Felix Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday. Hernandez threw 33 pitches, changeups and fastballs.

The Mariners have been moving along slowly with Hernandez this spring, but say it has nothing to do with any physical concerns about the highest-paid pitcher in Major League history.

“We don’t have any worries about Felix right now,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s just somebody we want to slow play a little bit because we’re starting so early. There’s no reason for him to get out there early like that.”

The Mariners are still determining the next time Hernandez will take the mound.

We do know who will be facing the Padres this weekend as the Mariners start playing some games: The Mariners will start Hector Noesi on Friday, Blake Beavan on Saturday and Erasmo Ramirez on Sunday.

More live batting practice and bullpen sessions today when the sun is supposed to return and the temperature is supposed to go up. It snowed in Tucson and hailed in the Phoenix metro area Wednesday.