Cotterill: Preventing injuries, reviving Felix all in a day’s work for Mariners’ Lorena Martin

From TJ Cotterill at the Tacoma News Tribune on July 27, 2018:

Felix Hernandez pitched through the first month of the season unsure just what to expect from start to start.

Something had to change. He walked into the closet of an office just outside the Seattle Mariners’ clubhouse and sat in the leather chair in front of Dr. Lorena Martin’s desk. He wanted her to help structure his workouts between starts.

“I was like, ‘But if this doesn’t work, I’m not training with you ever again,’” Hernandez said with a laugh.

No pressure.

OK, maybe a little for Martin, a woman working in a world of male professional athletes.

She’s never before worked in baseball. Martin is the only female to head a department in the Mariners’ baseball operations’ staff and she’s the first and only individual in all of professional baseball with her position as director of high performance.

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Originally published: July 27, 2018. Last Updated: July 27, 2018.