Mariners say Felix Hernandez to rejoin rotation this weekend

Pitcher Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Mariners’ rotation this weekend.

Manager Scott Servais made the announcement Tuesday.

Hernandez has missed three months with right shoulder stiffness. He pitched 3-plus innings Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma in his fourth rehab appearance, giving up one run on four hits and three walks. He struck out five.

“Command of the fastball, as expected, wasn’t as pinpoint as he would have liked it, but he felt healthy,” Servais said. “So he will slide into our rotation on Saturday.”

The 33-year-old righty last pitched for the Mariners on May 11. In eight starts this season, Hernandez is 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA.

Hernandez won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010 and has finished among the top four in Cy Young voting three other times. He has had injury setbacks in each of the past four seasons, winning a combined 26 games in 77 starts.

• The Mariners will call up 23-year-old left-hander Justus Sheffield for his first major-league start Friday night against Toronto.

‘Like Christmas again’: The fleet Billy Hamilton couldn’t get to Atlanta fast enough.

After being let go by one of baseball’s worst teams, Hamilton joined the first-place Braves on Tuesday to help with their push for the playoffs.

“It’s a great feeling,” Hamilton said in the clubhouse at SunTrust Park before the opener of a three-game series against the Marlins. “I had chills going down my body when they called me the other morning and told me I had been claimed by the Braves.”

Hamilton was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday after a dismal season for both him and the rebuilding team. He was hitting .211 with no homers and 12 RBIs.

The Braves claimed Hamilton off waivers to bolster their injury-plagued roster, which is missing outfielders Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte and Austin Riley, along with shortstop Dansby Swanson. All are on the 10-day injured list, and only Riley seems close to getting back on the field.

For now, Hamilton will play a role off the bench, serving as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner. He had 18 stolen bases for the Royals. He entered as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night and wound up going 0-for-2.

Hamilton will take whatever playing time he can get.

“It’s like Christmas again,” he said with a smile. “It’s amazing to come here and be part of this winning organization.”

Briefly: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber was shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained during his comeback from a broken arm. … Mets reliever Robert Gsellman, placed on the injured list last weekend, has a partially torn lat muscle that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. … The Phillies transferred right-hander Jake Arrieta (elbow) to the 60-day IL. … Texas placed right fielder Nomar Mazara on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain.

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