Report: Orlando Hernandez ends comback
Orlando Hernandez abruptly left the Harrisburg Senators, returning to his Miami home after the team's game Sunday.
Pennlive.com reported that El Duque, 44, was going home to consider his future. Hernandez, who signed with the Nationals in July, had not pitched in the majors since 2007.
"We didn't want him to leave, but he felt like it was in his best interest," Doug Harris, the Nats' director of player development, said Sunday night. "He was a great teammate, a class guy and a tremendous professional."
Hernandez (1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 9.2 innings) told Senators Manager Randy Knorr he would not join the team on its road trip after the game. Sources told the website he was upset because the Nats had not given him a major-league trial in exchange for helping the organization sign Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya.
"If that is the rumor, it's a bad rumor," Harris said. "From the beginning this was an open-book deal. There were no back-end deals or anything of that nature [guaranteeing him a big league chance]. I don't think he left with any animosity whatsoever. He realized the opportunity he was seeking may not present itself here, and he felt it was time to go in another direction.
"I have no idea about his direct influence [with signing Maya]. I don't think he hand-delivered him to us. Yunesky Maya's agent is also Livan Hernandez's agent. I think [Orlando Hernandez] was comforting for Yunesky, but he didn't walk him to us."
Hernandez' brother, Livan signed a contract extension through 2011 with the Nats on Sunday.
August 30, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
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