Hernandez played catch for about eight minutes prior to Monday's game in Texas, and felt good about the session.
"It was pretty good," he said. "No pain, nothing. It doesn't feel too strong, but it feels pretty good."
Hernandez said he threw at about 50 percent and admitted he was tentative at first, though he ultimately felt no tenderness.
"I was nervous today. I had to control myself."
Hernandez said he will play catch again on Tuesday.
Weaver staying positive:
Pitcher Jeff Weaver (0-3 13.91) lasted only three innings on Sunday in the club's 6-1 loss at Los Angeles, but feels there were positives to the outing.
"It was the best I've thrown all year," Weaver said. "I just had some bad luck with balls put in play. That's the pitching style I'm about is to get the ball put in play."
Weaver's day ended with three earned runs allowed on seven hits. Hargrove agreed that Weaver's performance probably wasn't as bad as his numbers would indicate.
"I don't disagree that maybe it was his best start of the year," Hargrove said. "There's some things we want him to work on, things that from my understanding he's committed to. Nothing drastic, nothing dramatic and we'll see how it goes."
Burke returns to face Rangers:
Jamie Burke stepped in Monday night at catcher for Kenji Johjima, who Hargrove said is day-to-day with a bruised right calf after taking a foul ball off the leg. Burke spent 2006 with the Rangers organization, but doesn't necessarily feel that gives him any advantage since he spent the year in the Minors.
"I wasn't in the big leagues with these guys," Burke said. "I played with a couple of the guys in Triple-A, and you know, what I saw in Spring Training. You just go with the scouting reports. I might know something a little extra about a few people, but not a whole lot."
Hargrove was complimentary of Burke's progress with Seattle this season. In five appearances this season, Burke has gone 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles for a .429 batting average.
"Jamie's done a good job," Hargrove said. "He'll play today and maybe tomorrow."
Lefty Jarrod Washburn (0-2, 4.42) makes his fourth start of the season Tuesday afternoon at Texas against Rangers right-hander Vicente Padilla (0-3, 6.00). Washburn has lasted at least six innings in each of his three starts this year. Washburn has a career 7-7 record against Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. PT.