Felix feels fine the day after tweaking his back

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez showed up at Yankee Stadium feeling fine on Wednesday afternoon after being taken out of Tuesday’s game following the sixth inning due to a tight back.

Hernandez tweaked his back while fielding a ground ball and turning and firing to second base in the sixth. He stayed in for the rest of that inning, but didn’t return for the seventh with a 3-1 lead and having thrown 97 pitches.

The Mariners wound up losing 4-3 to the Yankees and manager Eric Wedge said he definitely would have kept Hernandez in for another inning if the back issue hadn’t cropped up. But Wedge indicated Wednesday that things were looking fine a day later.

“He’s good, “Wedge said. “He said it was pretty sore this morning, but he feels good and [trainer Rick Griffin] felt he got him in a good place after the game last night and he’s feeling good today, so we should be fine.”

Will there be any changes to Hernandez’s preparation this week before his next scheduled start on Sunday in Cleveland?

“I don’t think so,” Wedge said. “I think we’re OK.”

Hernandez is 5-2 with an American League-leading 1.53 ERA after nine starts.

Hisashi Iwakuma, who is third in the AL in ERA at 1.74, gets the start against the Yankees this evening at Yankee Stadium in the 4:05 p.m. PT game.

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