After two straight rocky starts, the Mariners have placed starting pitcher Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday.

Hernandez, who previously spent nearly two months on the DL earlier this season, is currently dealing with right biceps tendinitis.

Hernandez, 31, allowed four runs, while failing to reach six innings, in each of his last two starts. The former ace is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season.

Entering Saturday’s MLB action, the Mariners (56-55) were just 1 1/2 games behind the Royals for the final wild card spot.

Thoughts: Bierbrodt was a former first-round pick who had made his MLB debut in 2001 with Arizona, but he struggled during his time in the majors (6.66 ERA in 38 career appearances for four teams). Conti hit .240 in 119 games over the next three seasons in the majors, for three teams. Ryan and Nelson made only brief big-league appearances after the trades.
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The mold of the leadoff hitter is surely different from even five years ago, let alone the 1980 version. What about Rickey Henderson, you might ask?

Well, MLB’s all-time stolen base leader was an outlier during the days of speed. Henderson certainly had a penchant for the dramatic as a table-setter, drilling 81 of his 297 career home runs when leading off a game. However, there was only one Rickey Henderson.

The question is, what has caused the shift across the game? Is it a new perception of need from the players hitting at the top of the order, or are leadoff hitters simply acclimating to the game around them?