David Phelps could be back in about a week if all continues to go well as he rehabs.

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Mariners reliever David Phelps could return in a week, manager Scott Servais said.

Phelps has been out with an elbow impingement, but Servais said Phelps could be back in about a week if all continues to go well as he rehabs.

“Optimistic,” Servais said. “He feels good and he wants to get ramped up as quick as he can.”

In multiple games this weekend, the Mariners clearly missed Phelps, who usually pitched — and pitched effectively — in the seventh and eighth innings before his injury.

The Mariners’ bullpen blew leads in losses on Friday and Saturday.

“As much as you want to go through it, at some point, the guys who haven’t been in that position, we need somebody to step up and finish an inning off and just control the game a little better,” Servais said.

Phelps will throw off a mound and then throw a simulated game in the next few days, Servais said.

Hernandez update

Felix Hernandez hasn’t started throwing yet, Servais said.

“He’s just trying to ramp up the arm exercises and the strength along with working out and trying to get his body in a little better shape,” Servais said. “But he has not started throwing or really amping that stuff up at all.”

The Mariners said they hoped Hernandez would only miss three to four weeks with shoulder bursitis, the second time that injury has landed Hernandez on the disabled list this season.