Jason Hammels (2-10) lost his fifth straight, allowing all six runs on 13 hits in six innings.
We’re just living the dream now, Hernandez said. I love these guys. It’s the best team we’ve had in my 14 years. It’s fun.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost said he knew Hernandez would get better as the game progressed.
Good pitchers, if you’re going to get them, you better get them early because they’re going to settle in, Yost said. Hernandez settled in in the second.
The Mariners quickly got back in it. Mitch Haniger made it 3-1 in the bottom of the first when he doubled to the gap in left-center to score Jean Segura, who singled.
The Mariners took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. Healy homered to left-center to tie it at 3 and Mike Zunino hit a sacrifice fly.
[The follow-up surgery was] not something we were expecting to be a part of this recovery process but I’m happy to report that I’ll be back out there resuming rehab soon, with my sights set firmly on being back to my usual self for the start of next season, Hayward wrote, adding the procedure was considered very rare by his doctors.
Hayward detailed his development but said he was slowed by lingering pain on the outside of his joint.
I had been progressing really well, Hayward wrote. I had been doing cuts laterally. I was jumping. I hadn’t done anything that explosive and I wasn’t quite 100 percent with any of it, but I was slowly building up to that.
Problem was, I was also still having some pain on the outside of my ankle, kind of where the peroneal tendon is. I had been reporting back daily how I was feeling, and the team that I was working with in Indianapolis—along with the Celtics training staff—had surmised that it could be the hardware they put in during my initial surgery causing some irritation.