ARLINGTON -- The Mariners placed right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez (2-1, 1.56) on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. The move is retroactive to April 19, the day after Hernandez was pulled in the first inning of his last start with stiffness in his elbow. The move allowed pitcher Cha Seung Baek to be added to the roster. Baek started Monday night against the Rangers. Hernandez will next be available to pitch May 4, the series opener against the New York Yankees. Previous to the move, Hernandez was likely to take the mound on May 2. "We looked at it with his schedule that we had for him," manager Mike Hargrove said, "and we figured we'd just give two extra days and DL him. That way we didn't have to be running people in and out of here."
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." Up next: 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.
Shawn Smajstrla is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.