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Nationals sign Orlando Hernandez to minor league deal

The Washington Nationals signed right-handed pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez to a minor league deal Friday, according to a report on the team's Web site. Hernandez, 44, is the half-brother of Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez.

Livan Hernandez confirmed his half-brother's signing to the Associated Press. The Nationals declined to comment.

Orlando Hernandez will begin a throwing program in Viera, Fla., before joining the minors, according to the report -- which cited "a baseball source."

Hernandez has compiled a 90-65 record and a 4.13 ERA in 10 seasons at the major league level. He last pitched in the big leagues with the New York Mets in 2007. That season, Hernandez went 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA.

"We're really happy for him to come back and pitch again," Livan Hernandez told the AP. "I don't know how they are going to use him, but he is in good shape and he throws every day, working out every day."

While pitching for the New York Yankees, Orlando Hernandez won three World Series titles. He also was part of a World Series winner with the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

This will be Hernandez's second stint with the organization, although the next time he pitches for the organization in the big leagues will be the first. In 2003, the Yankees traded Hernandez to the Montreal Expos. But after pitching in one spring training game, Hernandez was sidelined for the season with a rotator cuff injury. The Yankees reaquired him in 2004.

By Steve Yanda  |  July 3, 2010; 12:05 AM ET
Categories:  minors & farm system  
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Comments

HUH?

Posted by: one2 | July 3, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Did you say 44?! Out of the Show since 2007? This makes no sense at all.

Posted by: wartown1 | July 3, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

I guess they could start him in Syracuse for a few games. They all think they are Yankees fans up there, so he'd help the Chiefs sell some tickets.

Posted by: KenNat | July 3, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's a minor league contract, so there's no real risk. If he shows something and someone gets hurt, I guess it's more insurance. Or it keeps Livan happy.

Posted by: keepandbear | July 3, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse


Livan (throws) cartoon balloons in town.
His family business thrives....

Posted by: Drew8 | July 3, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Desperation breeds stupidity!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I would think he'd also draw Mets fans in Syracuse, as he was with them for a time as well.

Seems like a low-risk signing, so I don't have a problem with it (not that Rizzo gives a rat's patoot about my opinion, and why should he, really? ;-)).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 3, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

How about signing some of those key draft picks!

Posted by: Ghost7 | July 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Appropriate on a night where Satchel Paige got a special mention on the scoreboard.

Posted by: paulkp | July 3, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

What a joke of a move! What an idiot Rizzo and the Gnats are!

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

And folks still insist the Nats don't do enough international signings. There's no pleasing some people.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The move is so insignificant and stupid that Nat Fan should really be concerned about the leadership. Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The move is so insignificant and stupid that Nat Fan should really be concerned about the leadership. Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The move is so insignificant and stupid that Nat Fan should really be concerned about the leadership. Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Why not sign Orlando? He may be 44 -- heck, he's probably really 48 -- but if he can pitch, he can pitch. No law says you have to call him up unless you desperately need him.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

That's the thing about pitching -- you don't have to be an big-time athlete. There's no doubt some knuckleballing 16 year old girl in Japan who can strike out a major league hitter.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.Posted by: jwing14"

Would the monkey know how to spell Strasburg?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Hernandez... last pitched in the big leagues with the New York Mets in 2007. That season, Hernandez went 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA"

So here's a better question: off a record like that, why was Orlando out of baseball?

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

>Why not sign Orlando? He may be 44 -- heck, he's probably really 48 -- but if he can pitch, he can pitch. No law says you have to call him up unless you desperately need him.

Posted by: Samson151

See, the thing is that he doesn't provide any answers. They won't contend this year, and at his age, he doesn't bode well for the future. If he hasn't pitched in three years, he'll be even more susceptible to injuries. GMs generally have a checklist of things a player can provide, like
1) can he help us get to the playoffs this year 2) is he part of the future when we start winning 3) does he have a special skill that's attractive or unique that would overcome his age/inactivity, i.e., a knuckleball or changeup, because at his age, if he has to rely on hard stuff, he's screwed and so is the team. 4) is he a reliever or a starter? There's no way he's a starter any better than what we've got, so why not just make a minor trade and get another bullpen guy? They make all these moves with the pipe dream that ALL of the guys they pick up are going to be starters. That's the fantasy. That's the lie. You know, Detwiler, Wang, JZimm, O Hernandez, Olsen - there's one starter in there, that's pretty much it. If they're lucky.

Posted by: Brue | July 3, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.Posted by: jwing14"

Would the monkey know how to spell Strasburg?

You're right, it's actually spelled "J-E-S-U-S" right? I believe this is how idiots like you refer to pitchers with 2-2 records.

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So maybe the upside of signing Orlando Hernandez is that he'll mentor some of the young arms in AA and AAA. He'll be half pitcher, half pitching coach.
And the downside, darn near nothing.

A lot of Nats pitchers have learned from Livan (Stammen in particular).

Calling this move stupid is, well, stupid.

Posted by: Sunderland | July 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"See, the thing is that he doesn't provide any answers. They won't contend this year, and at his age, he doesn't bode well for the future. If he hasn't pitched in three years, he'll be even more susceptible to injuries."

What's the basis for that conclusion? Seems to me if he hasn't any game stress and has kept his arm in shape, he'll be in better condition, not worse.

Besides, he's in the minors.

"...1) can he help us get to the playoffs this year 2) is he part of the future when we start winning 3) does he have a special skill that's attractive or unique that would overcome his age/inactivity...4) is he a reliever or a starter?"Posted by: Brue"

Seems to me you're straying pretty far off-subject, which is: 1) can Orlando still pitch? and 2) might he be available to the Nats in the event of unforeseen catastrophe?

The rest of it is, well, to be determined.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

""Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.Posted by: jwing14"
"Would the monkey know how to spell Strasburg?" posted by Samson151
"You're right, it's actually spelled "J-E-S-U-S" right? I believe this is how idiots like you refer to pitchers with 2-2 records.Posted by: jwing14"

The guy's name has been on the cover of every publication in DC for weeks. You still can't spell it, and somehow that makes ME an idiot?

I think we're in Bizarro world.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I had no idea why Orlando wasn't in baseball, because his last full season was pretty outstanding. But here's how Wiki explains it:

"Injuries limited Hernandez to just 24 starts during the 2007 season, but he pitched successfully when healthy, posting a 9-5 record, a 3.72 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 147 innings. Hernandez underwent foot surgery following the 2007 season and was not ready to begin the 2008 season with the Mets. He underwent a lengthy post-surgery rehab in Florida with the intent of joining the Mets in August 2008. A toe injury that required season-ending surgery in late August 2008 ended Hernandez' season without having thrown a pitch for the Mets. He became a free agent at the end of the year."

"On June 11, 2009, Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. He was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma. The Rangers informed him that they would not call him up, because they did not believe he has the velocity or command to pitch in the majors, setting up his release on July 17, 2009.[8] At the time of his release, his record with the Triple-A RedHawks was 2-0 in eight relief appearances.[1]"

We'll have to wait and see. Should be fun.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

""Remember a dumb monkey (ex. Bowden) could of drafted Strassburgh and Harper.Posted by: jwing14"
"Would the monkey know how to spell Strasburg?" posted by Samson151
"You're right, it's actually spelled "J-E-S-U-S" right? I believe this is how idiots like you refer to pitchers with 2-2 records.Posted by: jwing14"

The guy's name has been on the cover of every publication in DC for weeks. You still can't spell it, and somehow that makes ME an idiot?

I think we're in Bizarro world.

We definitely are in a bizarro world and make sure you keep your knee pads on.

Posted by: jwing14 | July 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

But would the presumably literate monkey have written "could of" instead of "could have"? Or gotten upset at getting called on it?
Well, a baboon probably would; a mandrill, probably not--I hear they're pretty mellow, actually.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Of course, monkeys also know not to poke at the trolls, but that's another new post.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

hehe, while sec3 was typing that, I was searching for this:

http://tinyurl.com/y9vgm6c

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, monkeys also know not to poke at the trolls, but that's another new post.
Posted by: Sec3mysofa"

Uh, guys, trolls don't post legit content. I'm just not a regular.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 3, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

samson, I can't speak for sec3, but I was not indicating that you in particular were a troll.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 3, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The fact that we made this move shows how utterly pathetic our current SP is and how little options we have to get better

Anyone who thinks this move will make us better is living in fantasy land

We need ACTUAL SP's acquired through trades if we want to play with the big boys

Posted by: Bious | July 3, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

No, Samson was not the troll there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, thats exactly what the Nationals need to do. Sign 44 year old pitchers who haven't pitched in the majors for 3 years. Yeah, thats the kind of pitching rotation we're going to need. All I can hope is that they bring him up soon so some other potentials will have their careers delayed because of this novelty act. I wonder if Livan has any older sisters back home that the Nats would consider signing?

Posted by: GaryRosenthal | July 6, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

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