08/17/12 9:55 PM ET
Furbush activated from DL, Kelley optioned
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
Furbush, 26, had been on the disabled list since July 18 with a strained left triceps. He made five rehab appearances with Tacoma, posting a 6.00 ERA (four earned runs in six innings) with seven strikeouts, including two scoreless innings on Tuesday in Nashville.
"I'd never had an injury like this, so there wasn't an exact time table, it was just a day to day thing and finally I got to point where I just felt like myself again," Furbush said. "The one before last I felt good and I wanted to throw again, so that last game I threw two innings in Nashville and felt good."
Furbush, acquired as part of the Doug Fister trade with the Tigers a year ago, has been one of the Mariners' top relievers this season with a 4-2 record and 2.17 ERA. He's struck out 47 in 37 1/3 innings and has held left-handers to a .155 batting average.
Kelley, 28, was 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA, pitching 34 1/3 innings in 36 appearances.
The Mariners chose to keep veteran Josh Kinney and rookies Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor on the 25-man roster as their right-handed relievers, along with closer Tom Wilhelmsen.
Kelley started the season in Tacoma and still has options left, while Kinney is out of options and would have been exposed to the waiver process if he had been sent down.
"He had options and some of these other younger players that have options we wanted to continue to see, so he was the odd man out," said manager Eric Wedge.
Furbush's return gives Wedge three lefties in the pen, along with Oliver Perez and Lucas Luetge.
Furbush's only regret? He had to watch Felix Hernandez's perfect game Wednesday on a TV in the Nashville clubhouse.
'I just did what I needed to do to get back to 100 percent and unfortunately I missed it by two days," Furbush said with a grin. "It was unbelievable what Felix did. I'm real happy for him. We were watching it and a couple guys were talking about it and in my head I'm thinking, 'Can you jinx it if you're not there and you're talking about it?
"It was so cool. It's something so rare and so special, we were just happy for him. I just gave him a big hug today and said congrats. It's been a crazy year here at Safeco."
Felix still in a frenzy after perfect game
SEATTLE -- Two days after throwing the first perfect game in Mariners history, Felix Hernandez was still buzzing Friday.
The 26-year-old ace said life had been hectic ever since he zipped through the Rays in non-stop fashion on Wednesday, as he's dealt with media requests, calls from family and friends and just coming to terms with the accomplishment.
"Crazy," Hernandez said after another round of photos and interviews prior to Friday's series opener with the Twins. "A lot of phone calls, a lot of stuff to do, but it was fun. It's been a fun two days.
"I still can't believe it. It's pretty special. And to do it here at Safeco Field in front of these guys? Even more special."
King County executive Dow Constantine proclaimed Friday as "King Felix County Day" and sent a special proclamation that Hernandez proudly showed reporters at his locker.
"This is unbelievable," he said. "That's crazy. I love it, man. See, I'm part of Seattle. I can't go anywhere."
In a previously scheduled event, Hernandez and teammate Michael Saunders visited Seattle Children's Hospital earlier Friday as part of the Mariners Get Well Tour. Those kids, Hernandez said, treated him no differently now that he's become one of 23 pitchers in MLB history with a perfect game.
"They're always the same," he said with a laugh. "It was fun. I always go there and do something special. I always enjoy that day. Always."
Hernandez's jersey from Wednesday's game will be sent to the Hall of Fame. He still has the ball from the final out and says he'll give that to his wife, who had flown to Venezuela the day before and missed the historic event.
And he's still dealing with the 120 text messages and 300 missed calls from people trying to get in touch, including former teammates and friends from back home. His next start isn't until Tuesday against the Indians, and he figures to have decompressed by then.
For now, reality is just sinking in.
"I went home that night and lay down and I just said, 'I did it,'" Hernandez said. "Finally, I did it."
'Supreme Court' in session for Felix on Tuesday
SEATTLE -- In honor of Felix Hernandez's perfect game, the Mariners are expanding Safeco Field's "King's Court" concept into a "Supreme Court" for his next start on Tuesday night against the Indians.
The first 34,000 fans entering the ballpark Tuesday will receive a bright yellow "King of Perfection" T-shirt and commemorative "K" card that will include a photo from the perfect game on the back.
Hernandez enjoys the normal King's Court rooting section of about 800 fans down the left-field line that gets special shirts and the 'K' placard for all his Safeco Field starts.
Hernandez seemed almost overwhelmed at the thought of an entire stadium full of similar fans for his next outing.
"I don't know," Hernandez said. "It'll be crazy. It'll be unbelievable. I really appreciate that."
Special ticket prices will be offered, with View Level seats priced as low as $10 and Main Level seats as low as $30.
• Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took batting practice and worked out with the team prior to Friday's game as he continues to recover from headaches and lingering issues from a concussion on June 29.
"Hopefully, he'll get a full day of baseball activity today and we'll see where he's at from there," said manager Eric Wedge.
Once Gutierrez is ready to play, he will begin a 20-day maximum rehab stint in the Minor Leagues.
• Going into Friday's series opener with the Twins, Mariners starters were 14-6 with a 2.74 ERA and 19 quality starts in the last 26 games. Since the All-Star break, Seattle's starters rank second in the AL and fourth in the Majors with a 3.18 ERA.
• Mariners hitters were batting .208 at home and .249 on the road through the first 109 games of the season. Opposing hitters have batted .219 at Safeco and .265 in their home parks.
• Former Mariners pitcher Bob Wolcott will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's 6:10 p.m. game against the Twins as part of the team's ongoing 35th Anniversary Celebration.