Felix throwing Minor League game today

Felix Hernandez pitches today at noon in a Minor League game against the Brewers’ Class-A team on Field 6 in the Mariners Peoria Complex, getting his second-to-last spring action in without having to travel to Mesa with the rest of the club for Thursday’s Cactus League game.

Most of the Mariners are facing right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the 1:05 p.m. PT game at the Cubs brand-new park.

Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Hernandez his choice and the veteran chose to pitch in the Minor League game, skipping the hour travel. He’ll make his final spring start against the Royals on Tuesday before making his seventh Opening Day start on March 31 in Anaheim.

That lets Erasmo Ramirez get the start today against the Cubs. Manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to watch both games, but the noon start doesn’t allow travel time to get to both, so he’ll rely on reports on Felix’s outing.

“It’s going to be hard for me to pull that off. I don’t think they’ll send a helicopter for me,” McClendon said with a smile.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Abraham Almonte CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Justin Smoak 1B
Corey Hart DH
Logan Morrison RF
Dustin Ackley LF
Nick Franklin SS
John Buck C

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

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