(10/19/2010) MLB.com reports that SP Orlando Hernandez intends on pitching in 2011. He has not played in the major leagues since 2007, when he went 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA with the Mets. This season, he pitched in the Nationals' minor league system, posting a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings across two levels.
El Duque leaves Double-A team
(8/30/2010)Orlando Hernandez has reportedly left Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday after being told he was not going to be called up to the majors in September.
El Duque promoted to Double-A
(8/10/2010) The Nationals have promoted SP Orlando Hernandez to Double-A. The 45-year-old had a 1.50 ERA in six innings of rookie ball.
El Duque inks minor league deal
(7/2/2010) The Nationals signed SP Orlando Hernandez to a minor-league contract on Friday. The 44-year-old last pitched in the major leagues in 2007, when he appeared in 27 games with the Mets. Last season, he was in the Rangers' organization, and he pitched eight games in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings.
El Duque not done yet
(2/22/2010) Yahoo! reports that free agent SP Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez has several clubs interested in his services.
O. Hernandez released by Rangers
(7/17/2009) El Duque's comeback attempt with the Rangers has ended. Texas released Orlando Hernandez from his minor league contract Friday, making him a free agent. Hernandez had 12 strikeouts over 11 innings in eight relief appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City since being activated three weeks ago.
O. Hernandez signs with Rangers
(6/11/2009) El Duque will try to make a comeback with the Rangers. Orlando Hernandez, who has been part of four World Series championship teams, agreed to a minor league contract Thursday with the Rangers. The right-hander is expected to join Triple-A Oklahoma City for workouts Sunday, and could start pitching for the RedHawks soon after that. Daniels called it a low-risk move that could provide experienced depth in the rotation or the bullpen. Texas starters Brandon McCarthy (stress fracture in shoulder) and Matt Harrison (left shoulder inflammation) are on the 15-day disabled list, and four other pitchers are on the 60-day DL. "I am completely pumped about it. If you ask any player that's been around a while your first reaction to El Duque is unbelievable competitor. He flat-out gets after it," Michael Young said. "I can't wait. I have a very high opinion of the guy." Daniels said there is no definite schedule for when Hernandez might get a chance to pitch for the Rangers. "That will be dictated primarily how he's doing throwing the ball in Oklahoma and what our needs are," Daniels said. "He has an excellent track record in the regular season. He knows how to pitch and can throw strikes with multiple pitches from multiple arm slots."
El Duque still looking to return
(2/15/2009) Newly signed Mets SP Livan Hernandez said Sunday that his brother Orlando Hernandez wants to return to the majors as a reliever. Hernandez is recovering from multiple surgeries on his foot.
(8/23/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez, who had been out since having foot surgery Oct. 18, will have an operation on his big toe sometime this weekend, effectively ending his attempt to come back this season.
El Duque all but out for season
(8/13/2008)Orlando Hernandez (foot) still is not able to throw and doesn't look like he will make a contribution to the Mets this season.
Hernandez awaits special shoe
(7/23/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Orlando Hernandez is working out with short-season Brooklyn. The special shoe to protect the bunion on his right foot isn't ready.
El Duque to get special shoe
(7/21/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Mets SP Orlando Hernandez will be fitted with a special shoe to protect the bunion on his right foot Monday. An injection is not scheduled.
El Duque to get foot checked Monday
(7/20/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez will be examined by a foot specialist on Monday. Hernandez had soreness in his right foot while pitching in a minor-league game on Thursday night. Hernandez is trying to come back from foot surgery last Oct. 18
El Duque re-hurts foot in rehab game
(7/18/2008)The Sports Xchange reports Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez left Thursday's rehab start at Class AA Binghamton after one inning. He stepped on the bag awkwardly covering first on the first batter of the game and aggravated his right foot injury.
El Duque mediocre in rehab start
(7/12/2008) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez, on the disabled list recovering from right foot surgery, gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Friday night, reports the Sports Xchange. Hernandez is expected back in early August.
El Duque gets back on mound
(7/7/2008)Orlando Hernandez (foot) began a Class A rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on Sunday, striking out six and allowing four hits and one runs in four innings.
El Duque throwing long-toss
(6/12/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Mets SP Orlando Hernandez, on the disabled list with a foot injury (right toe), is throwing long-toss on flat ground, but there's no timetable for his return.
El Duque has boot removed
(5/7/2008) MLB.com reports that Orlando Hernandez had the protective boot removed from his right foot on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to begin a rehabilitation program. Hernandez will immediately begin a program of light jogging and throwing, though the Mets have made no timetable of when he might pitch off a mound. "We're taking it a step at a time," assistant general manager John Ricco said. "He's just out of the boot, so let's see how he reacts to that."
El Duque has foot examined
(5/7/2008) The New York Post reports that Mets SP Orlando Hernandez had his ailing right foot re-examined Tuesday but is no closer to returning.
El Duque to remain in walking boot
(4/23/2008)Newsday reports that Mets SP Orlando Hernandez (strained foot ligament) has been told to keep his walking boot on for another two weeks.
El Duque scratched again
(4/17/2008) The Bergen County Record reports that Orlando Hernandez was scratched from his second minor league start Wednesday, complaining of discomfort in his right foot.
(4/10/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez has a strained tendon in his troublesome right foot, another blow to the New York Mets' pitching staff. Hernandez will wear a protective boot for two weeks and then be re-evaluated, manager Willie Randolph said Wednesday. El Duque is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but won't be ready for a while.
Mets shut down El Duque for now
(4/9/2008) According to the Sports Xchange notes: RHP Orlando Hernandez was in New York to have his right foot examined. Hernandez complained the foot is still sore, and he has been shut down indefinitely. "He'll pitch when he's able to pitch," GM Omar Minaya said.
El Duque makes first rehab start
(4/3/2008) New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez threw five innings in a rehab start for the Class A St. Lucie Mets on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out six. Hernandez, who had changed the way he was pushing off to alleviate pressure from a bunion on his foot during spring training, went back to his familiar mechanics and said it felt better. He threw 64 pitches, including 42 strikes. The right-hander allowed an opposite field solo home run by Vero Beach first baseman Matt Fields. "It's a little tough, but I think day-to-day, it's getting better," he said. Hernandez used mostly offspeed pitches. But to the veteran, it was just another step toward making sure he can pitch comfortably. He said he didn't get too caught up in the game situations. "I need to throw," Hernandez said. "I need to work out."
El Duque to start Thursday in High-A
(4/2/2008) Mets SP Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez is scheduled to start for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. El Duque ran in the Dolphin Stadium outfield the past two days, and threw in the bullpen Monday. "Every time it's better," Hernandez said.
Mets might need a starter
(4/2/2008) According to the Sports Xchange notes: RHP Jorge Sosa continues to demonstrate his versatility. "I'll do whatever they need me to do," Sosa said. He struck out Josh Willingham with two runners on base Monday, and he relieved RHP Pedro Martinez on Tuesday and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Sosa could be a candidate to replace Martinez in the rotation, along with Triple-A right-hander Nelson Figueroa and free agent Claudio Vargas. Orlando Hernandez (foot) is not eligible to come off the DL until April 12. That is the first day the Mets will need a No. 5 starter, so they could make their way without a Pedro replacement at this point.
Pelfrey to start as El Duque is ailing
(3/30/2008) The Mets made Mike Pelfrey their fifth starter Sunday, which means RHP Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who has been bothered by a foot issue, will start the season on the 15-day DL. Hernandez and Pelfrey were battling for the final rotation spot, which will come into play for the first time Saturday when the Mets visit Atlanta.
El Duque's new delivery like old
(3/28/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez has a new pain-free windup that looks like the high-kicking El Duque of old. Starting for only the second time this spring training, Hernandez allowed four hits and a run in five innings Friday at the Orioles. Showing no signs of the bunion on his right foot that troubled him earlier this spring, Hernandez walked one and struck out two. He credited a new version of his old windup -- now he pushes off flat-footed with his right foot instead of with the point of his toe -- with the improved mechanics. "I feel better. I feel more comfortable in my delivery. ... I feet great," Hernandez said.
El Duque proves No. 5 worthy
(3/28/2008) Mets No. 5 starter Orlando Hernandez worked five effective innings Friday, leaving with a 2-1 lead vs. the Orioles in the Cactus League finale for both teams. El Duque scattered four hits and was aided by two double plays by Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo.
El Duque struggles in first start
(3/24/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez was ineffective in his first start of the spring Sunday against the Cardinals. El Duque gave up five runs and four hits in three innings, striking out one and walking two. He struggled with his command, although his fastball was in the 83-85 mph range -- up from the 78-81 mph he displayed in two simulated games. He threw 69 pitches with just 38 strikes. "I felt a little weird and I didn't have great command," Hernandez said. "My mechanics are no good yet. I need to work in the bullpen before my next start."
El Duque throws sim game
(3/18/2008)Newsday reports that Orlando Hernandez threw 80 pitches in four innings to live batters Tuesday, but his fastest pitch only topped out at 81 mph, while most of his pitches were in the 70s. "There are certain things we are seeing some progress in," general manager Omar Minaya said. "Other things we'll have to see. I think he's improved since the last time we saw him."
El Duque to have another sim game
(3/17/2008)Orlando Hernandez and Mike Pelfrey, competing with each other for the final spot in the Mets rotation, are scheduled to pitch a simulated game Tuesday.
El Duque pitches in sim game
(3/12/2008)Orlando Hernandez tested his new delivery in a simulated game Wednesday, throwing 60 pitches in three 20-pitch sessions against hitters. Afterward, the New York Mets' right-hander, whose pitches seemed to lack their usual zip, declared himself ready for Grapefruit League action and said he expects to be ready for opening day. "I don't see why he can't be," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "If he says he can be ready then I believe him."
El Duque throws bullpen session
(3/8/2008) Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey struggled against the Florida Marlins on Saturday, hurting his chance at earning a spot in the New York rotation. Pelfrey allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings as the Marlins beat the Mets 12-4 in a split-squad game. The 24-year-old Pelfrey said he expects more out of himself than what he showed against Florida on a blustery afternoon. He went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 games last season. "I was awful," Pelfrey said. "That was me last year. That was me falling behind in the count pitching behind guys, missing my spots." Pelfrey walked four and struck out three.
Orlando Hernandez might pitch soon
(3/7/2008) The N.Y. Post reports that Orlando Hernandez (foot pain) and Duaner Sanchez (shoulder stiffness) are likely to pitch in games this weekend. It will be El Duque's spring debut if he's able to come through.
El Duque feels good with new motion
(3/5/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and felt good in his new windup -- without the high leg kick. The altered motion helps El Duque keep his back foot flat on the rubber during his delivery, which eases stress on his surgically repaired toe.
El Duque ditching high leg kick
(3/4/2008)Orlando Hernandez is working on a new windup -- without that high leg kick -- and plans to use it in his bullpen session Wednesday. The new motion helps El Duque keep his back foot flat on the rubber during his delivery, which eases stress on his surgically repaired toe.
El Duque still won't throw
(3/3/2008)Newsday reports that Orlando Hernandez, who was supposed to pitch a live batting practice session Monday morning, never even picked up a baseball. He repeated his delivery a few times, but he's just not taking any chances with his foot just yet.
El Duque's mechanics not there yet
(2/24/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday after missing Saturday's workout following a root canal. El Duque had offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his right foot. "I feel good. My mechanics (aren't) 100 percent yet," he said. The Mets don't have a timetable for when Hernandez will pitch in a Grapefruit League game. "He's fine," manager Willie Randolph said. "It's good to have him back after just one day. Guys like El Duque and those guys know what they have to do to get ready and I trust them."
El Duque's bunions cause problems
(2/21/2008)Newsday reports that Orlando Hernandez did not have bunion surgery on his right foot this offseason, and now they are causing him some problems. He did have surgery to fix a dislocated second toe, which is now shorter and affecting his balance. He is behind other pitchers through Thursday and he plans to face live hitters on Saturday.
El Duque doesn't throw his hardest
(2/16/2008) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez threw at less than 100 percent Saturday in his first bullpen session since offseason foot surgery, but manager Willie Randolph and pitching coach Rick Peterson said El Duque is fine.
El Duque will open spring as a SP
(11/30/2007) Mets GM Omar Minaya said RHP Orlando Hernandez will be a starter next season and RHP Jorge Sosa is expected to work out of the bullpen.
El Duque's foot on the mend
(10/20/2007) Orlando Hernandez had surgery on his right foot Friday, and the New York Mets' pitcher is expected to be ready for spring training. El Duque had a bunion removed from his second toe. An ailing foot interrupted his season, and the Mets collapsed down the stretch without Hernandez in the rotation. He's entering the second season of a $12 million, two-year contract.
El Duque el crummy in relief Friday
(9/28/2007) Marlins C Matt Treanor hit a solo homer in the fifth Friday off Mets right-hander Orlando Hernandez, who was making just his second relief appearance of the season. El Duque had been bothered by a sore right foot. He allowed two hits and a run in 1 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two.
O. Hernandez deals with sore foot
(9/28/2007) Manager Willie Randolph said he wanted to stay away from using RHP Orlando Hernandez against St. Louis. Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning against Washington on Wednesday night in his first appearance since Sept. 11, and said afterward that his balky right foot was sore.
El Duque returns in bullpen
(9/27/2007) Mets manager Willie Randolph said he would use RHP Orlando Hernandez (sore right foot) out of the bullpen this weekend -- if he gets healthy in time. What about giving Hernandez a start before the regular seasons ends Sunday? "That would really be pretty much a long shot, unless he really fights me to take the ball or something," Randolph said, pointing to the fact El Duque hasn't pitched much over the past month because of injuries.
(9/25/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez threw a pain-free bullpen session Tuesday that left him encouraged about his injured right foot. One day after removing the boot protecting his sore foot, El Duque worked off a mound at Shea Stadium and estimated he threw 50-60 pitches. The New York Mets' right-hander said he used all his pitches and felt no pain at all. "I threw very good today," he said.
El Duque throws, return still unknown
(9/24/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez threw on flat ground Monday after having the boot protecting his sore right foot removed. He said he threw easy and felt good. He plans to throw a bullpen session Tuesday if the foot responds well, but refused to speculate beyond that. "I'm waiting for tomorrow. That's it," he said. The Mets hope to get El Duque back on the mound in the final week to help determine what he might be able to do in October. "You want to go into the end of the season having a better feel for everyone and where everybody fits in," manager Willie Randolph said before the Mets faced Washington in the opener of a three-game series.
El Duque candidate to return?
(9/23/2007) The Mets' rotation got some good news Sunday from Orlando Hernandez, who has been sidelined with a sore right foot. Hernandez said he plans to throw Monday without the protective boot he has worn in recent days and continued donning Sunday, but cautioned he didn't know when he would expect to be ready for games again. "Day to day," Hernandez said.
El Duque cleared for flat ground
(9/20/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Orlando Hernandez hasn't thrown yet while wearing a supportive boot on his sore right foot. He is expected to wear the boot at least another week. Hernandez, who last pitched Sept. 11 against Atlanta and gave up eight runs in three innings, is riding an exercise bike and is cleared to throw on flat ground.
El Duque done for regular season?
(9/19/2007) Pitcher Orlando Hernandez could miss the rest of the regular season with a sore right foot. He must wear a protective boot on his foot for seven to 10 days.
El Duque day-to-day with bunion
(9/18/2007) New York Mets starter Orlando Hernandez limped out of the clubhouse Monday night with a boot on his right foot to protect a bunion, and the team listed him as day to day. The RHP was scratched from his turn in the rotation Monday because of what the Mets said was a sore foot, and Brian Lawrence started against the Washington Nationals. The Mets lost 12-4.
Hernandez out for Monday start
(9/16/2007) The Mets are hoping a little more rest will be enough to heal Orlando Hernandez's sore right foot. Hernandez will miss his next start Monday at Washington, and manager Willie Randolph didn't say when he will return to the rotation. The right-hander can run and throw but is having some discomfort with the foot during his pitching motion. "We'll just look at Duque as we move forward," Randolph said Sunday. "But he's feeling a little sore so we're going to not push it and hope that he'll be ready to slide in sometime soon."
El Duque might miss Monday's start
(9/15/2007) Orlando Hernandez's sore right foot is still bothering him, and the New York Mets might decide to skip his turn in the rotation. Hernandez was charged with six hits and a season-high eight runs over three-plus innings in the Mets' 13-5 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. It was El Duque's first start since Aug. 30, and he said he had a little pain in his foot the next day. Hernandez said Saturday it's still bothering him during his delivery, and he met with manager Willie Randolph, general manager Omar Minaya and pitching coach Rick Peterson before New York's game against Philadelphia. "We're going to see how he feels (Sunday) and then decide whether he'll pitch on Monday," Randolph said.
El Duque a little sore after start
(9/13/2007)The Sports Xchange reports Mets SP Orlando Hernandez is hurting again, but he insists his sore right foot wasn't the reason for Tuesday's eight-run outing against the Braves. "(Tuesday) I didn't feel anything," Hernandez said Wednesday. "(Wednesday) I feel a little pain." Willie Randolph didn't seem concerned, and the manager initially said he wasn't aware of anything wrong with Hernandez. "The first time I'm hearing about it is from you," Randolph said to a reporter. "I assume it's just regular soreness. Right now he's on his regular turn."
Hernandez deals with sore foot
(9/13/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez said he had a little pain in his ailing right foot, one day after he was roughed up by Atlanta in his return to the rotation. It was El Duque's first outing since Aug. 30. He skipped a scheduled start after he received a cortisone shot in the foot. "I assume that it's probably just regular soreness," manager Willie Randolph said, pointing out he hadn't yet spoken to Hernandez. "Right now he's on his regular turn." El Duque called it normal pain.
El Duque struggles in return
(9/12/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez struggled in his first start since suffering a foot injury on Aug. 30, losing to the Braves 13-5. El Duque retired the Braves in order in the first but forced home a run with a bases-loaded walk to Willie Harris in the second and gave up two-run homer to Yunel Escobar in the third. Atlanta chased the right-hander during a six-run fourth, batting around to take a 9-0 lead. In three innings, Hernandez allowed six hits, eight runs and four walks. He struck out two.
El Duque likely to return Tuesday
(9/8/2007) Mets manager Willie Randolph said SP Orlando Hernandez (sore right foot) probably will start Tuesday against Atlanta, but that could change if he has any setbacks.
El Duque ready for return
(9/8/2007) After skipping a start because of a sore right foot, RHP Orlando Hernandez is expected to return to the rotation during next week's series against Atlanta that runs from Monday through Wednesday. "We're not sure which day it is, but if everything goes right he should be OK by early next week," manager Willie Randolph said.
El Duque could return next week
(9/7/2007) According to The Sports Xchange, Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez's sore right foot is feeling better, but the Mets still don't know when he will return to the rotation. Manager Willie Randolph said Hernandez could return next week but wouldn't say if it would be the Atlanta series, Sept. 10-12.
Hernandez reports no pain in injured foot
(9/6/2007)The Sports Xchange says that RHP Orlando Hernandez reported no pain in his sore right foot after throwing a bullpen session prior to Wednesday's game. Hernandez will be skipped in the rotation this weekend and won't pitch until next week.
Hernandez to miss Friday start
(9/4/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez, who had a cortisone shot in his sore right foot last week, will miss his scheduled start Friday against the Astros.
Hernandez throws bullpen session
(9/3/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez threw in the bullpen before the game. He was back with the team after getting a cortisone shot for a sore tendon in his right foot in New York. He could return to the rotation as early as Wednesday, giving manager Willie Randolph flexibility with as many as six starters for September. "We'll just see how he looks," Randolph said of Hernandez. RHP John Maine, the scheduled starter Wednesday in Cincinnati, could be pushed back a day. "We're not going to go to a strict six-starter thing," Randolph said.
El Duque is day to day
(9/1/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez was hit hard in Thursday's 11-10 loss to Philadelphia and has been bothered by a sore tendon in his right foot. He flew back to New York and had a cortisone shot in the foot. He was expected to return to the team Saturday and his status was day-to-day, the team said.
El Duque has sore foot
(8/31/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez, in line to pitch Tuesday against the Reds, has a sore tendon in his right foot and returned to New York following Thursday's game against the Phillies.
Hernandez abused by Phillies
(8/30/2007) Mets starter Orlando Hernandez gave up five runs and six hits in three innings, his shortest outing this season. It was just the third time in 23 starts El Duque didn't last at least five innings. Hernandez has won five consecutive decisions and the Mets were 9-0 in his previous nine starts.
El Duque wins as temper flares
(8/25/2007) Orlando Hernandez pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Delgado finally came through with a big hit, sending the New York Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Hernandez (9-4) was cruising along with a two-hit shutout until Luis Gonzalez and Russell Martin hit consecutive solo homers with two outs in the seventh. El Duque recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Matt Kemp. Hernandez struck out seven and walked two, improving to 5-0 in his last nine starts.
Hernandez goes seven innings
(8/19/2007) Orlando Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings for the Mets in a win Sunday at Washington. He walked four and struck out four.
El Duque makes 130 pitches
(8/15/2007) Mets starter Orlando Hernandez, 3-0 since the All-Star Game, was allowed to throw 130 pitches -- only 70 for strikes -- as he walked five and hit a batter on Tuesday at Pittsburgh. But he was wildly effective, striking out eight as the Pirates stranded eight runners during his six innings despite getting only five hits. "He was fine," manager Willie Randolph said. "He told me he felt great."
El Duque loses touch after fifth
(8/8/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings during Wednesday's no-decision against the Braves. He didn't give up a hit until Brian McCann's leadoff single in the fifth. He walked two and struck out seven. El Duque has not lost since a July 4 start against the Rockies.
El Duque to start Wednesday
(8/6/2007)The Sports Xchange notes : RHP Orlando Hernandez was moved up in the rotation from Thursday to Wednesday, and RHP John Maine from Friday to Thursday for the series against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. RHP Brian Lawrence was bumped from Wednesday to Friday.
(8/3/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez allowed two runs and five hits, including a sixth-inning homer by Derrek Lee during Friday's no-decision against the Cubs. Jason Kendall hit a two-out RBI double off the ivy-covered wall in left to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh, finishing El Duque, who struck out nine and walked one. Hernandez has not lost in his last five starts and has allowed more than two runs just once in those outings.
Hernandez K's eight in win
(7/28/2007) Mets starter Orlando Hernandez struck out eight batters in Saturday afternoon's win vs. Washington. He allowed one run off of a solo home run in seven innings of work, giving up three hits and two walks.
El Duque roughed up Sunday
(7/22/2007) Orlando Hernandez gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings in Sunday's start at L.A. Dodgers. He did not figure into the decision.
El Duque dominates Padres on Tues.
(7/18/2007) Orlando Hernandez (6-4) held the Padres to two hits in seven innings Tuesday, struck out four and walked two. The right-hander has never lost to the Padres. He beat them in Game 2 of the 1998 World Series as a rookie with the New York Yankees, and is 3-0 in four starts against San Diego in the last two seasons. "He just flat out knows how to pitch," Padres leadoff batter Brian Giles said. "That was a well-pitched game." Hernandez also singled, stole second and scored for the NL East-leading Mets. "He's a competitor," manager Willie Randolph said. "We're an aggressive running team, but El Duque ignites you if you're just kind of laying back. He kind of forces you to play the game. I wasn't surprised."
El Duque opens 2nd half with W
(7/12/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez allowed three hits and two runs in six innings to earn the win in the first game after the break Thursday against the Reds. He struck out seven and walked three. Hernandez has now won two of his last three starts and has allowed just two earned runs in each of the wins.
Rockies rough up El Duque
(7/5/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez allowed six hits, six runs (five earned) and six walks in four innings during Wednesday's loss to the Rockies. El Duque, who struck out two, came into Wednesday's game allowing a total of two earned runs in his previous two starts.
El Duque to face Rockies
(7/4/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez (4-3, 2.78 ERA) will make his 13th start of the season Wednesday night against Colorado.
El Duque takes out frustrations
(6/29/2007) El Duque walked around the mound muttering unprintable words before the game. Once it started, he made hitters do the same. Orlando Hernandez pitched six strong innings and the New York Mets held on for a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia on Friday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. When Phillies manager Charlie Manuel asked umpires to check Hernandez's cap before the bottom of the first because he thought there was resin on it, the 41-year-old right-hander wasn't pleased. No foreign substance was found, and the move may have fired up Hernandez. "Oh yeah. He was speaking Spanglish," catcher Ramon Castro said. Hernandez gave up two runs and three hits, including solo homers to Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Chris Coste.
Mets don't need roster move
(6/28/2007) The Mets-Cardinals game Thursday has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced. However, thanks to the rainout, the Mets will not need to recall Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A New Orleans to start the nightcap of a doubleheader Friday against the Phillies. Thursday's scheduled starter Orlando Hernandez will now open the doubleheader Friday, and he will be followed by John Maine in Game 2.
El Duque posts zeros Saturday
(6/23/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings Saturday against the A's, but walked away with a no-decision as he received zero run support. He walked one, allowed six hits and struck out seven. It was the fourth time in seven starts that El Duque has not yielded an earned run, and he has four no-decisions to show for it.
El Duque pounded by Yankees
(6/18/2007) Alex Rodriguez hit a mammoth homer and knocked in three early runs as the Bronx Bombers jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Sunday against ex-Yankee Orlando Hernandez (3-3), the second consecutive Mets starter to get roughed up. "I made a couple of mistakes (Sunday night). Just a rough day," said Hernandez, who fell to 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
El Duque cannot beat L.A.
(6/12/2007) Orlando Hernandez (3-2) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings on Monday at L.A. Dodgers, as he suffered the loss. He also allowed three walks and struck out four batters.
El Duque sharp once again
(6/7/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez cruised through six innings against the Phillies on Wednesday and left as the winning pitcher with a 2-0 lead. However, the bullpen blew the lead and the game, leaving El Duque out of the win column. He allowed three hits and four walks, while striking out three. Hernandez has allowed just two earned runs in three starts spanning 19 innings since returning from the DL on May 25.
El Duque stymies Giants
(5/31/2007) Orlando Hernandez gave up two quick hits and little else over seven impressive innings, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday night for their fifth win in six games. Hernandez had his scoreless-inning streak stopped at a career-high 19 while sending the Giants to their fifth loss in six tries. Randy Winn led off the game with a single, Omar Vizquel followed with a triple and Rich Aurilia hit a sacrifice fly. That was about all the Giants managed against El Duque -- the only other runner they got against him was a walk to pitcher Matt Cain. Hernandez struck out three and walked one.
El Duque comes out of start fine
(5/27/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez, who started Friday for the first time since April 24 because of shoulder bursitis, reported no problems after allowing two hits in six shutout innings. "It's sore, but nothing out of the normal," said Hernandez, who is expected to make his next start Thursday against San Francisco.
El Duque solid in return
(5/25/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez, making his first start since April 24, allowed two hits and walked none in six shutout innings Friday against the Marlins. Hernandez, activated before game following a bout of shoulder bursitis, left after throwing 88 pitches. He gave up a single to Alfredo Amezaga to start the game, then retired the next 17 batters before Amezaga singled again with two out in the sixth. Hernandez struck out four before hitting the showers.
El Duque to start Friday
(5/25/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez will start Friday night's series opener at Florida. Hernandez has been on the disabled list since April 25 with bursitis in his right shoulder. "He feels good and it's great to have him back," manager Willie Randolph said. Randolph said the team will make a roster move Friday to clear a spot for Hernandez, who is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts.
Hernandez or Vargas goes Friday
(5/24/2007) Manager Willie Randolph said RHP Orlando Hernandez "felt pretty good" Wednesday, following a side session in the bullpen on Tuesday in his minor league rehab at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Hernandez has been on the DL since April 25 while recovering from bursitis in his right shoulder. Randolph said either Hernandez or LHP Jason Vargas will start when the Mets open a weekend series at Florida on Friday. Vargas or Jorge Sosa will start Sunday.
El Duque targets weekend return
(1:11 pm ET) RHP Orlando Hernandez looked good during a side session in the bullpen. If the veteran feels OK the day after, he could be back on the mound for this weekend's series at Florida. El Duque has been on the DL since April 30 with bursitis in his pitching shoulder. "He could pitch any time during the weekend, even Sunday, Randolph said. El Duque's return will mean Jason Vargas or Jorge Sosa loses a start this weekend and gets demoted to Triple-A or the bullpen.
El Duque tosses a sim game
(5/21/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez, on the 15-day disabled list because of bursitis in his pitching shoulder, threw a simulated game at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He threw five innings and 78 pitches. "He came through it nicely," manager Willie Randolph said.
El Duque 'coming along nicely'
(5/17/2007) Veteran RHP Orlando Hernandez, on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his pitching shoulder, is "coming along nicely," manager Willie Randolph Randolph said. "I'm not sure when we'll slot him in. Hopefully soon." El Duque went on the DL on April 30 and is eligible to return.
El Duque tosses simulated game
(5/16/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez, on the DL with bursitis in his right shoulder, threw about 60 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He's making progress," manager Willie Randolph said. "He's coming along nicely." Randolph said there was no timetable for when El Duque would return, but he probably won't go on a minor league rehab assignment first.
El Duque's DL return delayed
(5/15/2007) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez will probably not be ready to come off the disabled list to start Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. Hernandez is on the disabled list rehabbing bursitis in his shoulder. If Hernandez isn't available, the Mets might bring up LHP Jason Vargas from Triple-A New Orleans or give RHP Aaron Sele a start.
El Duque throws on the side
(5/11/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez, on the disabled with right shoulder bursitis, threw about 65 pitches at 85 percent on Thursday, according to manager Willie Randolph.
Mets won't rush El Duque
(5/10/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez is continuing his throwing program, but there's nothing new on his return from the disabled list with shoulder bursitis. "We're not going to rush him," manager Willie Randolph said. "When he gets close, they are going to let us know." Jorge Sosa will make his second start replacing Hernandez on Friday night against Milwaukee at Shea Stadium.
(5/8/2007) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez is throwing off the mound at the Mets' spring training complex at Port St. Lucie, Fla., but could need at least two more bullpen sessions and one simulated game before returning to the rotation. That means RHP Jorge Sosa will get at least two more starts.
El Duque not returning this week
(5/6/2007) The Mets say Orlando Hernandez likely won't be ready to return Friday, May 11. That will give Jorge Sosa another start.
El Duque to throw Saturday
(5/4/2007) According to MLB.com, injured Mets SP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) is expected to throw Saturday at the team's spring training site in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Hernandez to be re-evaluated soon
(5/4/2007) RHP Orlando Hernandez's shoulder will be re-evaluated this weekend. He's working out at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but hasn't begun throwing.
El Duque to return when eligible
(5/4/2007) Manager Willie Randolph said he expects RHP Orlando Hernandez to come off the 15-day DL when he's eligible May 10. The 37-year-old Hernandez has bursitis in his right shoulder.
El Duque on DL with bursitis
(4/30/2007) Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez was scratched from Monday night's start against Florida and placed on the DL with bursitis in his right shoulder. Hernandez was replaced by Chan Ho Park, who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. El Duque, 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts, told the Mets on Sunday in Washington he felt pain in the shoulder and was sent to New York to see a doctor. Park was 3-1 with a 7.29 ERA in four starts with the Zephyrs, allowing 26 hits in 21 innings -- including six homers.
El Duque to DL; Park a 2-starter
(4/30/2007) The Mets will call up Chan Ho Park to take the place of Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) this week, starting Monday and Saturday. El Duque will be placed on the 15-day DL.
El Duque dealing with shoulder pain
(4/29/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez flew to New York on Sunday to have a doctor check out pain in his pitching shoulder. Hernandez (2-1) is scheduled to start Monday at home against the Florida Marlins. He told the Mets about his shoulder when he arrived at RFK Stadium before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, general manager Omar Minaya said. Hernandez threw a bullpen session Saturday. "We'll see what the doctor says," Minaya said.
El Duque strong on Tuesday
(4/25/2007) Orlando Hernandez yielded four hits and two walks, fanning five. Hernandez has allowed no more than one earned run in four of his five outings. Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third when Garrett Atkins fouled out. Valentin hit a leadoff triple in the bottom half for the Mets but was stranded.
El Duque Ks 10 in seven innings
(4/19/2007) Orlando Hernandez struck out 10 in seven innings, and the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 11-3 Thursday. Hernandez reached double figures in strikeouts for the first time since he had 10 for the New York Yankees against Toronto on July 22, 2004. He allowed three hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks, while improving his season record to 2-1.
Mets pitching rotation shuffled
(4/17/2007) Because of the rainout on Monday, the Mets have changed up their pitching rotation for the coming week, according to Newsday. Tom Glavine will pitch Tuesday at Philadelphia and will be followed by John Maine and Orlando Hernandez on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, at Florida. The weekend series vs. the Braves will feature Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez and Glavine going Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Mets rainout moves SPs back
(4/15/2007) With a rainout Sunday, the Mets will go John Maine (Monday), Oliver Perez (Tuesday), Tom Glavine (Wednesday), Orlando Hernandez (Thursday) and Mike Pelfrey (Friday). Maine will be a useful two-start pitcher for Fantasy Week 3 (April 16-22), assuming there are no rainouts Monday and Tuesday in Philly. Perez will get two starts for deeper Fantasy league lineups, too, barring a rainout. Glavine loses his two-start week, but is still a solid option in deeper leagues, as are one-starters Pelfrey and El Duque.
Mets rainout moves SPs back
(4/15/2007) The Nationals game with the Mets was rained out Sunday. No makeup date was immediately scheduled. Matt Chico was scheduled to pitch for the Nationals against the Met's John Maine. The Nationals make two more trips to Shea Stadium this summer. The Mets will likely move everyone in their rotation back a day, meaning they will go: Maine (Monday), Oliver Perez (Tuesday), Tom Glavine (Wednesday), Mike Pelfrey (Thursday) and Orlando Hernandez (Friday).
El Duque gets tossed Saturday
(4/14/2007) Orlando Hernandez gave up three home runs before he was ejected for a beanball, and the Washington Nationals got an impressive pitching performance from Shawn Hill in a 6-2 victory Saturday over the New York Mets. After Snelling's two-run shot made it 6-1 in the sixth, El Duque's next delivery ran up and in and hit Hill around the right forearm. Plate umpire Mike Winters quickly ejected an incredulous Hernandez, who argued vehemently. Once El Duque retreated to the bench, he climbed to the top step of the dugout and spoke calmly to Hill, who was standing on first base. Shaking his head and gesturing with his hands, Hernandez appeared to be explaining that he had no intention of plunking Hill and couldn't understand why he was tossed.
Pelfrey to start on Friday
(4/9/2007) RHP Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to move into the New York rotation against Washington on Friday, pushing Orlando Hernandez back one day.
Mets blow win for O. Hernandez
(4/8/2007) New York reliever Aaron Heilman gave up two runs in the eighth Sunday at Atlanta to blow the save after a strong start by Orlando Hernandez. Hernandez gave up only two hits and one run in six innings. He struck out six and walked four.
El Duque helps himself Tuesday
(4/3/2007) Orlando Hernandez's arm, and surprising bat, helped the New York Mets spoil another championship ceremony. The right-hander, who missed the 2006 postseason with a calf injury, threw seven innings of five-hit ball and hit a two-run double that matched his career RBI output in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
El Duque pitches in simulated game
(3/28/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez pitched a simulated game against Mets minor leaguers on Wednesday and said he felt fine afterward. Manager Willie Randolph said he plans to use Hernandez in the Mets' second game of the season. "It looks that way right now," he said.
Pelfrey, Park could both make NYM roster
(3/24/2007) There's a way the Mets could keep both Mike Pelfrey and Chan Ho Park at the start of the start of the season. The fifth starter won't be needed until Sunday, April 15, the season's 12th game. The Mets don't want Pelfrey to sit for two weeks, but instead of optioning him to the minors, they could put Orlando Hernandez on the disabled list and insert Pelfrey in the rotation and use Park as the fifth man to sit or work long relief. Hernandez has been bothered by nagging injuries in camp (neck and hamstring) and has only started three games. Two extra weeks in extended spring training would allow Hernandez extra work, give Pelfrey innings and enable the Mets to carry a deeper bench at the start, which means retaining both Ben Johnson and David Newhan.
EL Duque drops spring ERA to 5.25
(3/23/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez worked six innings Friday against the Cardinals, allowing three hits, three walks and one unearned run. He also had five strikeouts and lowered his spring ERA to 5.25 through three starts.
El Duque twirls four innings Sunday
(3/18/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez was on the mound for Sunday's spring game against the Cardinals. He worked four innings, allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs. He also had one strikeout. He now has a 10.50 ERA through two spring starts totaling six innings.
El Duque pitches simulated game
(3/14/2007) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez pitched a simulated game against minor leaguers Tuesday. "He was outstanding," Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "He located all his pitches and he got in quality work in a great environment. He's on schedule with everyone else to get four or five innings next time out."
El Duque to work minor sim game
(3/13/2007) Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to pitch a simulated minor-league game Tuesday morning. Hernandez, who had been sidelined with arthritis in his neck, allowed five runs in the second inning of his first spring start against the Orioles on March 8.
El Duque struggles vs. Orioles
(3/8/2007) In his first spring start, Mets SP Orlando Hernandez had a rough time against the Orioles Thursday. Hernandez, diagnosed with arthritis in his neck earlier this spring, gave up six hits and five earned runs in two innings of work Thursday. He also struck out one and walked a batter.
El Duque expects to pitch Thurs.
(3/5/2007) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez (neck) is expected to take the mound Thursday. He went 11-11 with a 4.66 ERA last season, including 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts after the Mets acquired him from Arizona in late May. But he missed the playoffs because of a torn calf muscle.
(2/28/2007) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez threw 41 pitches off a mound and threw off flat ground for the first time Wednesday since receiving a cortisone shot for arthritis in his neck last Thursday. Hernandez said he felt fine.
El Duque expected to throw Tuesday
(2/24/2007) New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez, sidelined at spring training because of arthritis in his neck, is expected to resume throwing on Tuesday. Hernandez received a cortisone shot Thursday after leaving camp and returning to New York to have his neck examined. The 41-year-old right-hander is penciled in as the team's No. 2 starter behind Tom Glavine.
El Duque has arthritis in neck
(2/22/2007) New York Mets pitcher Orlando Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot. El Duque, slated to be the No. 2 starter behind Tom Glavine in the Mets' suspect rotation, left spring training Thursday and returned to New York to have his neck examined. He underwent an MRI, which did not show any disk problems, general manager Omar Minaya said. "Everything looks well," Minaya said on a conference call. "It was just good news. It was preventive, and we feel really good - especially after reviewing the MRI." The 41-year-old Hernandez was expected to rejoin the team in Florida on Friday. He will rest for three or four days before resuming regular drills. "I think he'll be fine," manager Willie Randolph said. "He probably won't skip a beat. I don't think we need to get ahead of ourselves."
El Duque leaves Mets camp
(2/22/2007) Orlando Hernandez left the New York Mets' spring training camp and returned to New York to have his neck examined Thursday. El Duque, slated to be the No. 2 starter behind Tom Glavine in the Mets' shaky starting rotation, felt discomfort in his neck last season and the soreness returned this spring training, New York general manager Omar Minaya said before Thursday's workout.
El Duque happy to be in rotation
(2/18/2007) The New York Mets figure Orlando Hernandez has plenty of life left in his right arm - even if he was supposed to be finished a long time ago. "He's the master," manager Willie Randolph said Sunday. "You have to really marvel at watching him do his work when he's on the mound. He's a maestro. I've seen him do it, where sometimes he'll fall behind a hitter on purpose to get him out. He knows exactly what he's doing." With ace Pedro Martinez sidelined until at least midseason following shoulder surgery, the 41-year-old Hernandez is penciled in as New York's No. 2 starter behind Tom Glavine - a huge role on a team that came within one win of the World Series last year. "I don't worry about the first or the second or the third or the fourth or the fifth," Hernandez said. "I'm happy to be in the rotation."
El Duque signs back with Mets
(11/15/2006) Orlando Hernandez and the Mets agreed Tuesday to a $12 million, two-year contract, filling a spot in an aging rotation that was ravaged by injuries. El Duque, acquired from Arizona in May, went 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 20 starts for the Mets. Hernandez, who turned 41 last month, gets a $1 million signing bonus, $4.5 million next year and $6.5 million in 2008. "There's a lot of guys out there right now close to his age that are pitching well," GM Omar Minaya said. "The way the marketplace is, I didn't think it would be realistic to sign Orlando Hernandez for one year. He stays in shape. He's a hard worker. If you wanted to get him, you were going to give him two years."
Mets close to deal with El Duque
(11/14/2006) Orlando Hernandez is close to a two-year deal with the Mets for about $6 million, according to the New York Post.
59 players file for FA on Day 1
(10/28/2006) Oakland's Frank Thomas and the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra headed 59 players who filed for free agency Saturday on the first possible day. Among the others: Cliff Floyd, Ricky Ledee, Orlando Hernandez, Steve Trachsel, Chris Woodward, Mike Lieberthal, Arthur Rhodes, Rick White, Randy Wolf, Aaron Fultz, Miguel Cairo, Octavio Dotel and Craig Wilson. Approximately 200 players are eligible to file for free agency by the Nov. 11 deadline. Under new rules this offseason, free agents do not face any deadlines to re-sign with their former teams. Thomas and the Athletics have made progress on a deal that would keep the Big Hurt in Oakland for two more years.
El Duque's calf gets time to heal
(10/24/2006) Orlando Hernandez (calf) was hoping to be available for the World Series after partially tearing his calf before the NLCS, but he will now have to wait until spring training to prove healthy.
O. Hernandez out for postseason
(10/5/2006) Orlando Hernandez is expected to miss the entire postseason because of a calf injury, and Mets rookie John Maine started Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernandez has a torn muscle in his right calf and was left off New York's first-round roster, leaving the NL East champions without two of their top starters. That means erratic left-hander Oliver Perez, who went 3-13 with a 6.55 ERA this season, is slated to start Game 4 in Los Angeles, if necessary. "All year long we've had guys who picked each other up," general manager Omar Minaya said. "I'm confident somebody will pick up El Duque."
Maine in for El Duque in NLDS
(10/4/2006) Mets rookie John Maine will start Wednesday's Game 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers after injured pitcher Orlando Hernandez was left off the Mets' first-round playoff roster. With the NL East champions already missing Pedro Martinez, Hernandez had been slated to start New York's postseason opener. But El Duque tore a muscle in his right calf Tuesday while jogging in the outfield, leaving the Mets scrambling to rearrange their rotation. Maine lacks the October experience the Mets were counting on with Hernandez, acquired from Arizona in May. El Duque is 9-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 19 career postseason games, including 14 starts, mostly with the Yankees. He also owns four World Series rings, and his teams are 12-3 in postseason series.
El Duque in question for Game 1
(10/3/2006) The Mets suddenly might have to replace pitcher Orlando Hernandez in Game 1 of the playoffs because of a calf injury, too. El Duque felt discomfort in his right calf while he was jogging in the outfield Tuesday as the NL East champions tuned up for their first-round series against the Dodgers. The 40-year-old right-hander, who had been scheduled to start New York's postseason opener, was pulled off the field and was headed for an MRI exam. "Obviously, we're up in the air on who our starter is right now," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "We have some options, but we're going to wait and see how he feels."
El Duque to pitch Game 1
(9/29/2006) Orlando Hernandez gave the New York Mets the type of performance they'll need when he starts their playoff opener in place of Pedro Martinez. El Duque matched his season high with nine strikeouts, pitching the Mets over the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Thursday night and stopping the Mets' four-game losing streak. Hernandez (11-11) allowed only an unearned run, three hits and five walks in five innings, pitching in his usual deliberate manner: throwing only 61 of 102 pitches for strikes.
El Duque fans eight in loss
(9/22/2006) Mets SP Orlando Hernandez (10-11) pitched well Friday except for the third inning, when he allowed two hits, hit two batters with pitches and gave up two runs. He went seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out eight and walking one in a Mets loss.
El Duque goes seven innings
(9/16/2006) Orlando Hernandez threw seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out seven in a no-decision on Saturday at Pittsburgh.
El Duque will start Saturday
(9/13/2006) The Mets' rotation for the weekend series in Pittsburgh will be Pedro Martinez (calf), Orlando Hernandez and John Maine on Sunday, according to the New York Post.
El Duque notches 10th win
(9/9/2006) SP Orlando Hernandez allowed one earned run in seven innings to lead the N.Y. Mets to a 3-2 victory over the L.A. Dodgers Saturday. Hernandez (10-10) was masterful, keeping the Dodgers off balance with changeups, curves and sliders that hovered in the 70-80 mph range, and fastballs that reached the low 90s. After Rafael Furcal's leadoff double on the second pitch of the game, El Duque retired 15 straight hitters before running into trouble in the sixth. Hernandez worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh and finished by getting Marlon Anderson on a broken-bat grounder to end the inning. He yielded four hits and struck out six.
El Duque goes 5 1/3 innings
(9/3/2006) Orlando Hernandez (9-10), who hadn't pitched since Aug. 20, struck out four and walked six in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets lost for just the third time in their last 16 games on Sunday at Houston. The Mets had rested the 40-year-old El Duque because of fatigue.
O. Hernandez to go Sunday
(9/1/2006) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez (fatigue) is expected to start Sunday in Houston
Orlando Hernandez could start Sun.
(8/31/2006) Manager Willie Randolph set a partial rotation for the weekend series in Houston. LHP Tom Glavine will pitch Friday and RHP John Maine on Saturday. "It will either be Steve Trachsel or Orlando Hernandez on Sunday," Randolph said. "Hernandez will get the start if he comes out fine from a bullpen session today and a long toss session tomorrow."
Orlando Hernandez plays catch
(8/28/2006) The Bergen County Record reports that Orlando Hernandez (fatigue) played catch in the outfield Sunday.
El Duque or Perez on Thursday?
(8/27/2006) Tom Glavine (shoulder) is slated to return Friday night at Houston, while Orlando Hernandez (fatigue) should make a start Thursday. Oliver Perez figures to be on standby for that day, while top prospects Brian Bannister and Mike Pelfrey will finish out the Triple-A season before being September call-ups and possible stopgap starters down the stretch.
Mets' El Duque out this week
(8/24/2006) Brian Bannister (hamstring) will start in Orlando Hernandez's spot Friday, with El Duque (shoulder soreness) pushed back, probably to next week. "He's fine," manager Willie Randolph said of Hernandez. "It's just a precaution."
El Duque wins despite soreness
(8/21/2006) Orlando Hernandez won for the fifth time in six decisions Sunday despite feeling soreness before warming up. "Sometimes you don't know how your body is going to respond until you actually start to warm up," pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "But he felt very confident going in there."
El Duque steps up for Mets
(8/20/2006) In the absence of aces, Orlando Hernandez has become one of the New York Mets' most dependable starters. Hernandez won for the fifth time in six decisions in a 2-0 victory over Colorado on Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies. Hernandez (9-9) struck out eight in six innings, and allowed five hits and one walk.
(8/15/2006) Orlando Hernandez allowed a career-high 11 earned runs, 10 hits and four walks in just four innings on Tuesday at Philadelphia. He fell to 8-9 and his ERA rose to 5.54. "It was just not a good night," El Duque said.
Hernandez wins fourth consecutive
(8/10/2006) Orlando Hernandez, 40, won his fourth consecutive decision Thursday, allowing four hits in seven innings in a 7-3 victory over San Diego. "I don't look at seven innings," El Duque said. "I look at it one inning at a time, three outs. I get through that inning, I look at the next inning." After Adrian Gonzalez's homer, Hernandez allowed just one more hit until the seventh, retiring 15 of 16 hitters over one stretch.
Hernandez works six innings
(8/5/2006) Orlando Hernandez worked six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a no-decision on Friday against the Phillies.
El Duque wins third straight
(7/29/2006) Orlando Hernandez allowed only three hits in eight innings in Saturday's 11-3 win at Atlanta. Hernandez didn't give up an earned run - the Braves took advantage of two New York errors - and he also picked up the first two RBIs of his career during a seven-run sixth that broke open a 3-all game. Hernandez (7-8) won his third straight decision and further solidified his spot in the Mets' shaky rotation.
El Duque to start Saturday
(7/28/2006) Orlando Hernandez and LHP Tom Glavine will start the Saturday and Sunday games at Atlanta, with RHPs Mike Pelfrey and Steve Trachsel starting the first two games of the Florida series.
El Duque part of 6-man rotation
(7/26/2006) Manager Willie Randolph said the six-man rotation he's going to this week -- Orlando Hernandez, Mike Pelfrey, Steve Trachsel, Tom Glavine, John Maine and Pedro Martinez -- will probably last for only one turn. Reading between the lines: This means one of El Duque, Trachsel, Pelfrey or Maine will be a candidate for a demotion. Glavine and Pedro are safe, obviously.
El Duque overcomes slow start
(7/22/2006) El Duque overcame a shaky start to lead the New York Mets past the slumping Houston Astros 4-3 Saturday. "He looked like the Duque that I know," New York manager Willie Randolph said. A two-run homer by Lance Berkman and a solo shot by Preston Wilson off Hernandez (6-8) in the first gave the Astros a 3-0 lead. After the Mets fought back to take the lead, Hernandez made the lead hold up, striking out eight in seven solid innings. He yielded only four hits and walked two, rebounding from a poor performance at Wrigley Field in his previous outing.
Orlando Hernandez moved to Sat.
(7/22/2006) Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday night due to rain in the area. He will not work on Saturday against Brandon Backe (elbow), as manager Willie Randolph did not want his start interrupted by weather.
El Duque was awful on Sunday
(7/17/2006) Orlando Hernandez has an awful game on Sunday at Chicago Cubs, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two walks and struck out two batters, but he did not figure into the decision.
El Duque to pitch Sunday at Cubs
(7/10/2006) Mets RHP Steve Trachsel will start the first game coming out of the All-Star break, Friday at Chicago. He will be followed by LHP Tom Glavine and RHP Orlando Hernandez. The Mets don't know when RHP Pedro Martinez will be activated from the disabled list and returned to the rotation.
Orlando Hernandez baffles Pirates
(7/6/2006) Orlando Hernandez baffled the Pirates on four hits through seven innings Wednesday night, pitching the Mets to a 5-0 victory that had its troubling side for New York. All five Mets runs came in the first inning. So did all four of their hits. Mets manager Willie Randolph noticed. "We won 5-0 and that's good," the manager said. "But we have to do more. We've got to work a little harder at adding on." The quick cushion made life easy for the ageless Hernandez, listed at 36 but believed to be older. He mixed his pitches with his herky-jerky motion, keeping the Pirates off balance as the Mets became the first National League team to win 50 games. He allowed a runner in all but one of the seven innings he pitched but was in control throughout. For the veteran right-hander, acquired in a trade with Arizona on May 24 to boost the back end of the Mets' rotation, the effort was reminiscent of a complete game three-hitter he threw against the Diamondbacks on June 8. The first six pitches he threw missed the strike zone but he recovered quickly and dominated the Pirates, allowing four singles. Hernandez (5-8) walked two and struck out seven before turning the game over to the bullpen for the final two innings to complete the Mets' fifth combined shutout of the season.
El Duque gets no support
(6/30/2006) Orlando Hernandez (4-8) pitched seven effective innings against his former team Friday at the N.Y. Yankees, returning to the mound following a 63-minute delay in the fourth. Still, he lost his third consecutive outing and fell to 0-3 in three starts against the Yankees the past two seasons. He allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out three and walking one.
El Duque faces Yankees
(6/29/2006) Orlando Hernandez pitches the opener of a three-game series against his former team, the Yankees, Friday night. Asked if he would fly back Thursday night, he said, "No. In Cuba you pitch and you ride your bike home."
Gaffe ends El Duque's outing early
(6/24/2006) Orlando Hernandez was forced to leave his start early Saturday vs. Toronto in the second inning after the Mets were charged with two trips to the mound. Pitching coach Rick Peterson went out to the mound in the inning and manager Willie Randolph made a trip after Hernandez almost ignited a bench clearing brawl by throwing a pitch high and tight to Troy Glaus -- after Wells hit his three-run homer a pitch before. Randolph went out to the mound to calm Hernandez. After the umpires huddled, Hernandez was forced to leave. Hernandez allowed six runs and four hits in just 1 2/3 innings.
El Duque solid in loss
(6/19/2006) Making his fifth start for the Mets since being acquired from Arizona on May 24, Orlando Hernandez (4-6) yielded two runs and eight hits over seven innings on Monday vs. Cincinnati. He struck out seven, including Ken Griffey Jr. his first two times up, and walked two. With the Diamondbacks, Hernandez gave up eight runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 9-8 loss to Cincinnati on May 7.
El Duque to face Reds
(6/19/2006) Mets RHP Orlando Hernandez (4-5, 5.50) will make his 14th start of the season Monday against Cincinnati. Hernandez is 2-1 with a 4.30 in four starts with the Mets since he was acquired from Arizona.
Rain costs El Duque a win
(6/14/2006) Mets starter Orlando Hernandez gave up two runs in three-plus innings, but did not return after a 1 hour, 5 minute rain delay Wednesday at Philadelphia. Darren Oliver (3-0) earned the win with one-run ball in three innings of relief.
El Duque to face Phillies
(6/14/2006) Orlando Hernandez (4-5) makes his first career start against the Phillies on Wednesday. Hernandez pitched a complete game in a victory over the Dodgers in his last outing.
Hernandez masterful Thursday
(6/9/2006) Orlando Hernandez pitched masterfully against the team that traded him away less than a month ago, leading the New York Mets to a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a showdown of division leaders Thursday night. Hernandez (4-5) took a shutout into the ninth and finished with a three-hitter for his ninth career complete game and first since Sept. 16, 2000, for the Yankees against Cleveland. The 36-year-old Cuban struck out three and walked two on 114 pitches.
O. Hernandez goes Thursday
(6/8/2006) Orlando Hernandez (3-5, 6.19 ERA) will take the mound for New York in the series opener at Arizona on Thursday. The veteran right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts since being acquired in a May 24 trade that sent reliever Jorge Julio to Arizona. In his home debut with the Mets on Saturday, Hernandez allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 6-4 loss to San Francisco in the first game of a doubleheader.
El Duque loses home debut
(6/3/2006) Orlando Hernandez lost his home debut for the Mets on Saturday vs. the Giants. Acquired from Arizona on May 24 in a trade for reliever Jorge Julio, Hernandez allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings in his second start with his new team.
El Duque will face Matt Cain
(6/2/2006) The game between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets scheduled for Friday night was postponed because of rain. It will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader starting at 1:25 p.m. Heavy rain moved through the area Friday afternoon and with more bad weather in the forecast, the game was called about 1½ hours before it was supposed to start.
El Duque locks down rotation spot
(5/30/2006) It hasn't been made official, but Orlando Hernandez has earned a spot in the Mets' rotation, according to the Bergen Record.
El Duque wins Mets debut
(5/28/2006) Orlando Hernandez pitched five innings in the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Sunday. Hernandez (3-4), who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Hernandez credited Mets veterans Pedro Martinez and Julio Franco for helping him through his 101-pitch performance. "From the dugout, they told me I was opening up too much on my pitches," Hernandez said. "That's what I like -- to be told right away what you're doing wrong."
New Met El Duque to debut Sunday
(5/25/2006) Orlando Hernandez will make his Mets debut Sunday at the Marlins. Steve Trachsel (back) has been pushed back.
(5/24/2006) As reported, the pitching-thin New York Mets acquired Orlando Hernandez from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, trading reliever Jorge Julio for the 36-year-old Cuban.
Report: El Duque dealt to Mets
(5/24/2006) WFAN reports the Mets have traded Jorge Julio to the Diamondbacks for Orlando Hernandez.
O. Hernandez to face Pirates
(5/22/2006) D-Backs RHP Orlando Hernandez (back) is expected to make his scheduled start Monday in what would be his first career start against the Pirates. Hernandez left his start Tuesday in the third inning with pain in his back and knee. The club wants to see more innings out of Hernandez, who has pitched five or fewer innings in half of his starts this season.
Hernandez throws in bullpen
(5/19/2006) Orlando Hernandez, who left his last start with a strained back, threw in the bullpen on Friday.
O. Hernandez to throw Friday
(5/18/2006) RHP Orlando Hernandez, who left Tuesday night's start in the third inning with a mid-back strain, will throw in the bullpen on Friday.
Back forces El Duque out
(5/17/2006) Arizona pitcher Orlando Hernandez was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Padres in the third inning after suffering a mid-back strain. Hernandez said he felt some pain in his right ribcage area while pitching to the first batter of the game, but he wanted to try to pitch through the problem. Later, he developed some pain on the inside of his right (push off) knee, which also bothered him enough to pull himself out of the game. "I'll have to see what the doctor tells me, and maybe I'll have good news then," Hernandez said.
El Duque pitching to keep spot?
(5/16/2006) Orlando Hernandez (2-4) may be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation against San Diego on Tuesday night. He has lost four of his last six starts and has allowed 14 runs and 18 hits in his last two starts, a span of 9 1/3 innings.
El Duque pushed back two days
(5/12/2006) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Orlando Hernandez, saddled with a 7.36 ERA, will get two extra days to prepare for his next start after manager Bob Melvin juggled his rotation Friday. Claudio Vargas, Miguel Batista and Brandon Webb will remain on their regular four days of rest, with only Hernandez affected and now going on Tuesday at home against the Padres instead of Sunday in St. Louis. Melvin had originally planned to just move everyone back a day after Arizona's game at Pittsburgh was postponed by rain Thursday.
O. Hernandez to go on Sunday
(5/11/2006) MLB.com reports that because of the rainout on Thursday between the Diamondbacks and Pirates, Juan Cruz will now pitch Friday at St. Louis. Claudio Vargas will pitch on Saturday and Orlando Hernandez will go on Sunday.
Orlando Hernandez rocked Sun.
(5/7/2006) Orlando Hernandez gave up a season-high eight runs and allowed a season-high nine hits for the second straight start on Sunday vs. the Reds. He walked four.
El Duque gets bombed by Dodgers
(5/3/2006) On Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks fell behind 6-0 when Arizona starter Orlando Hernandez gave up six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
El Duque not a strikeout king?
(4/28/2006) RHP Orlando Hernandez might be leading the National League with 35 strikeouts, but "El Duque" doesn't consider himself a strikeout pitcher. "No, no, no, no," he said. "I think it's more good luck. I try for outs, not for strikeouts."
El Duque goes six strong innings
(4/26/2006) Orlando Hernandez threw six strong innings leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the punchless San Diego Padres on Wednesday for a three-game sweep. Hernandez (2-3) stopped a personal three-game losing streak during which he allowed 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and allowed only two hits and a run in his first appearance against the Padres since beating them in Game 2 of the 1998 World Series as a rookie with the New York Yankees.
El Duque picks up third loss
(4/22/2006) Arizona's Orlando Hernandez (1-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings Friday in a losing effort vs. the Dodgers. The right-hander struck out four and walked none in losing his third straight in his first career appearance against the Dodgers. "He was attacking the hitters, had better command of the strike zone early on, kept some balls down and used all his pitches," manager Bob Melvin said. "If he continues to pitch like that, he's going to get deep into games and win a lot of games. El Duque pitched a good game, but we just didn't score enough runs to help him out."
El Duque 1-2 on the season
(4/18/2006) Arizona starter Orlando Hernandez fell to 1-2 Sunday against Houston. Hernandez was 29-13 in his first two years in the major leagues, with the New York Yankees in 1998 and 1999. Since 2000, when he made his first trip to the DL with right elbow inflammation, Hernandez is a combined 42-38.
El Duque gives up six runs
(4/16/2006) Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez (1-2) allowed six runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday vs. Houston. He struck out eight, walked four -- one intentionally -- and hit two batters.
El Duque struggles vs. Rockies
(4/12/2006) Orlando Hernandez (1-1) threw 108 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on six hits, struck out six, walked two and hit two.
El Duque will get ring
(4/4/2006) Diamondbacks RHPs Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino, both members of the 2005 World Series champion White Sox, left for Chicago after Monday's game to take part on Tuesday's ceremonies and receive their rings at U.S. Cellular Field.
El Duque gets bounced around
(3/31/2006) The Cubs roughed up Orlando Hernandez in a 7-4 victory over the D-Backs on Thursday. He allowed four runs in the first, including Aramis Ramirez's three-run shot. El Duque lasted four innings, yielding six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits.
El Duque named No. 2 starter
(3/25/2006) Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez had his best outing of the spring on the day he was named the No. 2 starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He gave up one run - a home run by fellow Cuban Kendry Morales - on five hits in six innings to help a Diamondbacks split squad beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Saturday. "By far the best we've seen him," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Like most veteran guys, everything starts to build - increased velocity, a sharper bite on his breaking ball, the whole bit."
El Duque rocked, feels better
(3/21/2006) Arizona starter Orlando Hernandez struggled through four innings Monday vs. the Cubs, allowing six runs and eight hits. My neck and my back felt better today," said Hernandez, who left after one inning last Tuesday because of tightness in those two areas. "Last time out, I didn't (allow any) runs, but I wasn't healthy." The Cubs wasted no time jumping on El Duque for a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
El Duque plans for next start
(3/16/2006) Right-hander Orlando Hernandez said he plans to make his next scheduled start. But after he lasted just one inning in Tuesday's game against the White Sox before leaving with neck and back pain, the veteran will be monitored closely before being cleared to take the mound again. "Anybody you're concerned about. But a guy like him, with his age ...," manager Bob Melvin said, knowing that his age is a semi-mystery. "I said early in camp that some things like this could happen with him. We just didn't want him to go back out there. We wanted him to get some treatment."
El Duque leaves start early
(3/15/2006) Arizona pitcher Orlando Hernandez had tightness in his neck and back, leaving after one inning Tuesday. Hernandez said he felt fine in the bullpen, but couldn't get loose after getting on the mound in the first inning. "It is early in spring training, so it is better to stop now," Hernandez said. "I think I will be ready for my next start."
El Duque could miss starts
(2/27/2006) Diamondbacks RHP Orlando Hernandez will be monitored closely in spring so the team can make sure it has a handle on any potential injury situations that may develop with the veteran. To keep him as reasonably fresh as possible, that might involve bumping him from a start here and there. "It's something we're going to be very proactive with," manager Bob Melvin said.
Don't expect a lot from El Duque
(2/23/2006) Say what you will about Orlando Hernandez's postseason heroics out of the bullpen for the White Sox, but the truth of the matter is "El Duque" is a major question mark if Arizona thinks this 40-something can log 200-plus innings, let alone quality ones. He has some health concerns, the team can't be sure what it will get out of him every fifth day, and if he ends up in the bullpen, it probably won't be by accident.
(12/14/2005) The World Series champion White Sox agreed to acquire right-hander Javier Vazquez from Arizona for right-hander Orlando Hernandez, reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor-league outfielder Chris Young. The deal was first reported by CBS.SportsLine.com. Hernandez, who pitched in relief in the playoffs, was 9-9 last season and has a career record of 70-49.
El Duque on his way to Arizona
(12/14/2005) According to several published reports, the White Sox have dealt Orlando Hernandez, outfield prospect Chris Young and reliever Luis Vizcaino to the D-Backs in exchange for Javier Vazquez.
El Duque to lose spot in rotation?
(9/18/2005) Manager Ozzie Guillen said the team will consider replacing struggling RHP Orlando Hernandez in the rotation with RHP Brandon McCarthy, who made his second relief appearance of the season Saturday, giving up one run in three innings. McCarthy, a rookie, made seven starts for the White Sox earlier this season and went 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA.
El Duque struggles vs. Twins
(9/17/2005) Orlando Hernandez (9-9) labored through 3 2/3 innings at Minnesota Saturday, allowing four runs and eight hits. He threw 102 pitches and has lost six of his past seven decisions. In his past two starts, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 12.72 ERA.
O. Hernandez consistently bad
(9/1/2005) Orlando Hernandez can't seem to avoid the big innings. Since returning from the disabled list July 18, he has allowed 19 of his 29 earned runs in just seven innings (24.43 ERA).
El Duque pitching for playoff spot
(8/28/2005) The White Sox still haven't made a decision about the fourth starter in their rotation when the AL playoffs open. It will be between Jose Contreras, Saturday night's starter, and Orlando Hernandez. Both are RHPs. "I think everybody knows he can pitch," Guillen said of Contreras. "But when he pitches bad, he's so bad."
Yankees beat El Duque
(8/20/2005) Orlando Hernandez (8-6), who went 61-40 in the regular season and 9-3 in the postseason during two stints with the Yankees from 1998-04, lost to his former team Saturday for the second time this month.
El Duque wins Friday
(7/30/2005) Orlando Hernandez picked up his first win in more than seven weeks when he won at Baltimore Friday. He allowed two runs over six innings. Hernandez (8-3) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked none in earning his first win in three starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He was winless since June 8.
El Duque activated from the DL
(7/18/2005) The White Sox activated Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
El Duque ready for return
(7/18/2005) The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) will come off the DL Monday to start against Detroit. ''We hope he can give us five or six innings or more,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. ''Right now, he's going to tell me how long he can go, and we can take it from there.''
Hernandez targets July 18 return
(7/11/2005) RHP Orlando Hernandez is expected to throw on the side in Miami on Wednesday. Hernandez is on the DL with right shoulder inflammation and went four innings Sunday in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed four hits, one run and struck out two.
El Duque to pitch Sunday
(7/9/2005) Orlando Hernandez is slated to make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday and then throw on the side during the All-Star break before rejoining the rotation.
El Duque headed for rehab stint
(7/6/2005) RHP Orlando Hernandez will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday at Louisville. Hernandez, 7-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 11 starts, is in his second stint on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right shoulder. "We're going to take from there what we need to do," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
'El Duque' to make rehab start
(7/5/2005) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday.
'El Duque' looks to July 18
(7/4/2005) The Chicago Tribune reports Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) is hoping to return by July 18 against the Tigers.
Orlando Hernandez out until July
(6/27/2005) The Chicago Tribune reports Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) might not return until after the All-Star break. El Duque, who had hoped to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to pitch Friday at Oakland, threw Sunday for only the second time since being sidelined with tightness in his left shoulder. He played catch with disabled Ross Gload "to get a barometer," trainer Herm Schneider said.
El Duque will rehab first
(6/22/2005) The Chicago Tribune reports Manager Ozzie Guillen intimated Tuesday Hernandez would need a minor-league rehabilitation assignment before he returns to the active roster. "I don't think [general manager] Kenny Williams, myself or the coaching staff are going to take a chance to just bring him here when we don't know what we have," Guillen said. "We have to be careful about it."
Sox to rest El Duque more
(6/21/2005) The Daily Southtown reports when injured pitcher Orlando Hernandez is set to return from the 15-day disabled list, the Sox will do whatever it takes to protect the 35-year-old veteran, even if it means skipping Hernandez or pushing back his starts at times. "That's our job," Guillen said Monday. "I don't like to do that, but if we have to do that to keep our pitching staff fresh and healthy, then we might do it. Right now, in the middle of the season, we have to think about what we are doing in August and September."
White Sox put El Duque on DL
(6/20/2005) The White Sox placed Orlando Hernandez (tightness in neck and shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. The team brought up prospect Brandon McCarthy, who will start Monday against the Kansas City Royals.
El Duque shuts down shoulder
(6/19/2005) The Chicago White Sox plan to place starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez on the 15-day DL on Monday because of tightness in his right shoulder. Manager Ozzie Guillen said the White Sox are placing Hernandez on the DL, retroactive to June 15, to rest, not because of a new injury. "El Duque came today into my office and we had to run all over the place to try to figure out who's pitching tomorrow," Guillen said. "El Duque can't pitch tomorrow. He's going to be on the DL two weeks to feel real strong. I want to make sure he's fine. When a player tells me two days before he's going to pitch 'I don't know yet,' we have to be real careful about it. We made the decision to shut him down and bring McCarthy up."
Orlando Hernandez beats Rockies
(6/9/2005) Hernandez allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six innings at Colorado Wednesday for the win.
El Duque gets win
(6/3/2005) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings against Cleveland Friday. He came off the DL for the start.
Orlando Hernandez returns from DL
(6/3/2005) The Chicago White Sox activated right-hander Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list and sent him to the mound Friday night to start against the Cleveland Indians.
White Sox to activate Hernandez
(6/3/2005) The White Sox will activate Hernandez (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to start Friday night against the Indians.
El Duque needs more rest
(5/30/2005) The Arlington Height Daily Herald reports Orlando Hernandez was initially scheduled to come off the disabled list Wednesday and start against the Angels, but Saturdays rainout at Texas has pushed the Sox starting rotation back one day, meaning Hernandez is now due to pitch against the Indians on Friday. The White Sox are off Thursday.
(5/26/2005) The Chicago Tribune reports Orlando Hernandez reported his right shoulder felt better after a second day of throwing. The right-hander is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Friday and another Sunday.
El Duque does some throwing
(5/25/2005) The Arlington Heights Daily News reports Orlando Hernandez, on the disabled list with muscle soreness in his right shoulder, threw off flat ground from 60 feet for 10 minutes Tuesday. "It feels good," Hernandez said.
El Duque 'acquiesces' to shelf
(5/22/2005) White Sox pitcher Orlando Hernandez was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder Sunday. The move was retroactive to May 17. The right-hander was 5-1 with a 3.91 ERA but had been hit hard in his previous start last Monday against Texas, giving up six runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. "He fought tooth and nail not to go on the disabled list, but he ultimately acquiesced with the understanding that we're interested in the long haul for him," general manager Ken Williams said.
White Sox to put El Duque on DL
(5/21/2005) Chicago will place Orlando Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday to take effect Sunday because of a sore muscle in the back of his shoulder.
El Duque notches another win
(5/11/2005) Orlando Hernandez allowed just three hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Devil Rays. He struck out four and walked four in the win.
El Duque improves to 4-1
(5/6/2005) Orlando Hernandez allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings Friday against the Blue Jays. He struck out four and walked three i the win.
El Duque scatters 10 hits
(4/20/2005) Orlando Hernandez tossed six scoreless innings, allowing 10 hits and a walk to pick up a win in Tuesday's game against the Twins.
El Duque takes the loss
(4/15/2005) Orlando Hernandez allowed four earned runs, eight hits and four walks in five innings at Cleveland on Thursday. The loss evened his record at 1-1.
El Duque masters Minnnesota
(4/9/2005) Orlando Hernandez used an unbelievable assortment of speeds and pitches to win at Minnesota in his White Sox debut. He allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out five.
El Duque in a partying mood
(3/23/2005) Orlando Hernandez, who is expected to be a major contributor to the White Sox rotation this season, is not planning on making any more starts in Cactus League action and will miss the team's two exhibition games in Milwaukee April 1-2 to attend his daughter's 15th birthday party in Florida.
'El Duque' sharp on Sunday
(3/14/2005) Orlando Hernandez tossed four scoreless innings in Sunday's spring game against the Rockies, allowing four hits and striking out four batters. "I'm throwing every pitch with no pain, no problems," Hernandez said. "I'm ready. My arm is good. My command isn't 100 percent yet, but very soon."
El Duque to don White Sox
(12/23/2004) Orlando Hernandez signed a two-year contract with the White Sox on Wednesday.
El Duque returns Sunday
(10/19/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) allowed three runs in five innings against Boston Sunday.
El Duque to start ALCS Game 4
(10/14/2004) Yankees manager announced on Thursday that Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) will start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday in Boston, according to reports.
Yanks could use Duque in Game 4
(10/13/2004) Orlando Hernandez reported no problems with his shoulder on Tuesday, a day after he threw about 60 pitches in a bullpen session. Yankees manager Joe Torre won't decide until Thursday whether El Duque or Javier Vazquez will start American League Championship Series Game 4 at Boston on Saturday.
El Duque still unsure about ALDS
(10/6/2004) Orlando Hernandez told the New York Daily News that his tired right shoulder felt "a little better" on Wednesday after he played catch briefly in the outfield. He didn't throw a bullpen session as initially scheduled, however, and might not be able to pitch in the American League Division Series.
El Duque still unsure about ALDS
(10/4/2004) Orlando Hernandez continued to say on Sunday he didn't know when his shoulder would regain its strength, according to the New York Daily News. He is questionable for his scheduled start in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Minnesota.
El Duque's arm tires out
(10/2/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) allowed five earned runs on five hits in three innings at Toronto Friday. This was his second loss in row. "Maybe my arm needs a little rest," he said. "I'm feeling tired. It's normal for the rehab. I didn't start for a long time."
El Duque roughed up
(10/1/2004) Orlando Hernandez allowed five hits and five runs in three innings Friday against Toronto. He struck out a pair and walked three in the loss.
El Duque to start Friday
(9/30/2004) Orlando Hernandez played catch on Wednesday and reported improvement in his "tired" right shoulder, according to the New York Daily News. He has been penciled in to start Friday at Toronto. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said team doctors weren't surprised by Hernandez's problem and did not feel it was necessary to take X-rays or perform an MRI exam.
El Duque's shoulder acting up
(9/29/2004) Orlando Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against Minnesota due to a tired shoulder, although the game was eventually rained out, according to the New York Daily News. He will now start either Thursday against Minnesota or Friday at Toronto.
Orlando Hernandez won't go Tuesday
(9/20/2004)Newsday reports that Hernandez will not start on three days' rest Tuesday against Toronto. He told the team he preferred to stay on his normal rest.
Orlando Hernandez could go Tuesday
(9/18/2004) The Yankees might start Hernandez on three days' rest Tuesday rather than rookie Brad Halsey.
El Duque remains unbeaten
(9/12/2004) Orlando Hernandez improved to 8-0 with an impressive start against Baltimore on Saturday. He surrendered five hits and one run in seven innings, while striking out four and walking a pair.
El Duque is sharp again
(8/12/2004) Orlando Hernandez improved to 5-0 with a victory against Texas on Thursday. He logged seven strong innings and allowed just four hits and one run. He struck out seven, as well.
(8/7/2004) Hernandez allowed five hits in eight scoreless innings against Toronto Saturday.
El Duque moves to 3-0
(8/1/2004) Orlando Hernandez (hamstring) allowed three earned runs and nine hits in only five innings on Sunday against the Orioles, but he got the win.
Orlando Hernandez feels good
(7/29/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Hernandez said "it feels good" when asked about his left hamstring.
El Duque expects to make next start
(7/28/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Orlando Hernandez (hamstring) believes he can make his next start. "We have four days," he said.
El Duque leaves Tuesday's start
(7/27/2004) Orlando Hernandez was pulled from Tuesday's start after only two innings due to tightness in his left hamstring.
Yanks' Hernandez shines again
(7/22/2004) Orlando Hernandez tossed seven scoreless innings Thursday against the Blue Jays. He allowed only four hits and struck out 10. El Duque did not factor in the decision.
El Duque wins second straight
(7/18/2004) Orlando Hernandez won his second consecutive start Saturday against Detroit. He logged five innings, allowing six hits and three runs. He struck out six, as well.
El Duque wins season debut
(7/12/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) allowed two earned runs and five hits in five innings against Tampa Bay in his season debut on Sunday.
El Duque might be back Sunday
(7/10/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) might start Sunday against Tampa Bay. Published reports indicate that Yankees' management is leaning towards benching Mike Mussina Sunday so he could get extra rest for his next start.
No timetable for El Duque return
(7/7/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) is midway through a 30-day rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Columbus, but the New York Daily News reports that there is still no timetable for when he might join the Yankees. "When it's time for that decision to be made, if there's no spot, then we have to figure out what we're going to do at that juncture," manager Joe Torre said. "But we're not there yet."
El Duque pitching well in minors
(7/6/2004) Orlando Hernandez allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings for Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
Orlando Hernandez continues rehab
(7/3/2004)Newsday reports that Hernandez (shoulder) will need at least two more starts with Triple-A Columbus.
El Duque solid in Triple-A outing
(7/1/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) followed up a poor first rehabilitation outing for Triple-A Columbus with a solid one on Wednesday, according to Newsday. He allowed one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
El Duque pitches well in minors
(6/22/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Orlando Hernandez lost a no-hitter in the seventh inning for Class A Tampa Sunday.
El Duque roughed up in minors
(6/16/2004) Orlando Hernandez allowed two hits, two runs, five walks and two hit batsmen in four innings on Tuesday at Class A Tampa. He struck out six and threw 82 pitches.
El Duque still not ready
(6/11/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder surgery) threw five shutout innings in an extended spring training game. But general manager Brian Cashman said he won't be able to pitch in the majors for at least a month. He has not pitched much recently after experiencing a setback in May. "He hasn't pitched for a while, so he'd have to do a 30-day rehab stay, so at least a month is a guesstimate," Cashman said.
El Duque throws batting practice
(6/1/2004) Orlando Hernandez (bursitis in right shoulder) threw 33 pitches in batting practice on Tuesday.
Orlando Hernandez throws from mound
(5/25/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Hernandez (shoulder) threw from a mound without trouble over the weekend in Tampa.
El Duque throws bullpen session
(5/19/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder surgery) threw his second bullpen session in three days on Wednesday. He had received a cortisone shot for bursitis in his right shoulder this month after leaving an April 29 start for Class A Tampa after just nine pitches.
El Duque moved to 60-day DL
(5/16/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.
El Duque could throw this week
(5/10/2004) Orlando Hernandez could resume throwing off flat ground later this week after receiving a cortisone shot last week for bursitis in his right shoulder. He left his first rehabilitation start for Class A Tampa after just nine pitches due to shoulder tightness.
Orlando Hernandez throws Thursday
(5/7/2004)Newsday reports that Hernandez (shoulder) threw for a significant amount of time Thursday and will likely pitch again for Class A Tampa early next week.
Orlando Hernandez halts rehab
(5/4/2004) The New York Daily News reports that Hernandez (shoulder) reported soreness and was scratched from his Class A Tampa rehab start Tuesday. "He'll be rescheduled over the next week," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "They're going to give him a few more days, " but he'll be scheduled for another start."
El Duque has shoulder discomfort
(4/30/2004) Orlando Hernandez pitched only one inning in his rehab start on Thursday due to discomfort in the back of his right shoulder. "Just a precaution. I'm not worried," Hernandez said.
Yankees' Hernandez improves
(4/21/2004)Newsday reports that Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) threw three innings in extended spring training Tuesday. He allowed one run on four this with two strikeouts.
(4/12/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) pitched in an extended spring training game on Saturday, allowing one run in two innings.
El Duque placed on DL
(3/29/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder surgery) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
Midseason return for El Duque?
(3/11/2004) Orlando Hernandez (shoulder surgery) hopes to be able to pitch in the majors by June, but Joe Torre told Newsday a midseason return is more likely.
'El Duque' back with Yankees
(3/8/2004) The Yankees signed Orlando Hernandez to a one-year contract on Sunday. The deal is contingent on his passing a physical on Monday.
El Duque rejoining Yankees?
(3/1/2004)Newsday reports George Steinbrenner wants Orlando Hernandez to return to the Yankees. "I've always liked El Duque," Steinbrenner said. "He's got courage, and I'm not afraid to take a chance with him. I'd like to see him come with us and give us some options."
El Duque still unsigned
(2/23/2004) Livan Hernandez told the Montreal Gazette his brother, Orlando, is "95 percent" recovered from shoulder surgery. But he did not top 78 mph on a radar gun in January.
Orlando Hernandez to work out Monday
(2/20/2004) Hernandez will conduct a second open workout for major-league teams on Monday in Miami, according to the New York Daily News. "We'll have our scouts there as I'm sure everyone will have theirs," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who does not believe his team is the frontrunner for "El Duque's" services.
No homecoming for El Duque?
(2/19/2004) Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News Orlando Hernandez might now have other options than signing a minor-league deal with the Yankees. "Do I consider ourselves to be a leading candidate? No," Cashman said.
El Duque a Yankee again?
(2/18/2004) Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has talked to Orlando Hernandez's agent about a minor-league deal, according to the New York Daily News.
Orlando Hernandez holds workout
(1/22/2004) Hernandez worked out Thursday in front of scouts for about 20 major-league teams, and the free-agent pitcher said he's nearing a full recovery from shoulder surgery. Hernandez, who missed all of last season, threw 35 pitches at the University of Miami. "I'm not 100 percent, but by spring training I should be 100 percent," Hernandez said through an interpreter. "I'm at about 85 percent. I've been coming back quicker and quicker every day."
Expos activate Orlando Hernandez
(10/28/2003) The Expos activated Hernandez from the 60-day disabled list on Monday and reinstated him to the 40-man roster.
Orlando Hernandez might be lost
(8/20/2003) The Montreal Gazette reports that Hernandez (shoulder) has begun a throwing program, but probably won't return this season. He is on a slow, deliberate pace even though he mentioned a few weeks ago that he hoped to be back in September.
Orlando Hernandez to pitch this year?
(7/22/2003) Hernandez (shoulder surgery) visited the Expos' clubhouse on Monday, according to the Montreal Gazette. He said he plans to return to action this season, although he won't be back before September.
Surgery for Orlando Hernandez
(5/11/2003) Hernandez will have surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff. He is expected to be out for at least three months. It appeared 'El Duque' was nearing a return, after an impressive rehab stint, but he apparently did not want to pitch with soreness in the joint.
El Duque looking good
(5/9/2003) Orlando Hernandez struck out 10 hitters and allowed one run in an extended spring training game on Thursday. The Montreal Gazette says he will be re-evaluated on Friday.
El Duque continues rehab
(5/7/2003) The Montreal Gazette notes Orlando Hernandez will make his third rehab start for Single-A Brevard County on Thursday.
'El Duque' pounded in rehab start
(5/4/2003) According to the Montreal Gazette, Orlando Hernandez was rocked for six runs in two innings in his second rehab start for Class A Brevard County.
Orlando Hernandez continues rehab
(5/1/2003) Hernandez (right shoulder tendinitis) will make his second rehab start on Saturday for Class A Brevard County.
'El Duque' makes first rehab start
(4/29/2003) Orlando Hernandez made his first rehabilitation start for Class A Brevard on Monday, tossing three perfect innings. He threw 25 of 35 pitches for strikes, striking out four batters. The Montreal Gazette says he will make his next rehab start on Saturday, and he is scheduled to pitch four innings.
Orlando Hernandez to start rehab
(4/26/2003) Hernandez (shoulder tendinitis) will make his first rehab start on Monday for Class A Brevard County. According to the Montreal Gazette, he is expected to throw 60-65 pitches and barring any setbacks, he will make one or two more starts in rehab before he is activated.
Orlando Hernandez pitches sim game
(4/23/2003) Hernandez (right shoulder tendinitis) pitched a simulated game from the mound before Wednesday's game in Montreal.
Orlando Hernandez tosses BP Saturday
(4/19/2003) Hernandez (shoulder tendinitis) threw live batting practice on Saturday for the first time since being sidelined in mid-March.
'El Duque' throws off a mound
(4/17/2003) The Montreal Gazette reports that Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) threw off a mound for the second time on Wednesday, tossing 35 pitches and reporting improvement in the injury. He will face live hitters on Friday and hopes to make his first minor-league rehabilitation start as soon as next week. Hernandez will likely make two rehab starts before possibly being activated.
Orlando Hernandez resumes throwing
(4/16/2003) The Montreal Gazette reports that Hernandez (shoulder) will throw 35 pitches on Tuesday after tossing 25 pitches on Monday. He is likely to rest after Tuesday until the Expos return to Montreal next week.
More progress for El Duque
(4/11/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) threw off flat ground on Thursday. He will throw again on Friday, marking the first time he will throw on back-to-back days since his throwing program began last weekend.
(4/9/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Orlando Hernandez (shoulder) threw his second soft-toss session on Tuesday. His throwing program will continue with soft-tossing and shoulder exercises for the rest of the week.
El Duque out four to six weeks
(3/30/2003) Orlando Hernandez (rotator cuff) is on the 15-day disabled list. According to the Montreal Gazette, he is expected to miss four to six weeks due to the injury.
Orlando Hernandez placed on DL
(3/26/2003) Hernandez (rotator cuff) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.
El Duque heading to the DL
(3/25/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Orlando Hernandez (rotator cuff) will likely begin the season on the DL, and might miss the first six games of the season.
El Duque to the DL?
(3/24/2003) There is speculation that Orlando Hernandez (right rotator cuff tendinitis) might open the season on the DL.
Orlando Hernandez out
(3/18/2003) Hernandez (right rotator cuff tendinitis) is expected to be out seven to 10 days.
Orlando Hernandez out
(3/16/2003) Hernandez (right rotator cuff tendinitis) will miss his next scheduled start. He is expected to be shut down for two to three days and then be re-evaluated.
Orlando Hernandez has good outing
(3/13/2003) Hernandez allowed two hits in four scoreless innings on Thursday. The outing marked only his second start of the spring. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. "He showed what pitching's all about," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "He changed his pitches up."
Orlando Hernandez looks sharp
(3/8/2003) Hernandez allowed only one hit in three scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday. He walked one batter and strike out two.
Orlando Hernandez throws BP
(3/4/2003) The Montreal Gazette says Orlando Hernandez, who missed his scheduled start Sunday because of dental work, threw BP on a practice field on Monday.
Orlando Hernandez misses start
(3/2/2003) Hernandez had dental work done on Sunday and missed his scheduled start, according to the Montreal Gazette.
(1/15/2003) Hernandez was traded to the Montreal Expos in Wednesday's Bartolo Colon deal. He will serve as one of the Expos' top starters in 2003, and is a much more stable Fantasy pick in the National League. Hernandez might be a bargain on Draft Day.
(8/16/2002) Hernandez started Thursday's game and didn't appear to have any problems with his left leg. He had been bothered by numbness in his leg during his previous start. Hernandez lasted seven innings Thursday, allowing four earned runs.
(8/12/2002) Hernandez warmed up in the third inning of Sunday's game against Oakland when Mike Mussina ran into trouble, suggesting that "El Duque's" numbness in his leg has subsided. Hernandez should be able to start in his regular turn Thursday in Kansas City, which represents a good matchup. Keep him active.
(8/11/2002) Hernandez, who left his Friday start after one inning, was released from the hospital Saturday. Tests on his left leg, which became numb during the start, were negative, and he is day to day. Hernandez should be able to make his next start, barring any setbacks, so keep him active for now.
(8/10/2002) Hernandez experienced numbness in his left leg Friday and was forced to leave the game after striking out the side in the first inning. Yankee manager Joe Torre said Hernandez had trouble sleeping Thursday night, but he felt all right after warming up early Friday. Hernandez was taken to the hospital for tests and the team will know more Saturday. Monitor his status in the next few days before adjusting your lineup.
(7/31/2002) The New York Newsday reports that Hernadez didn't report any problems with his injured leg Tuesday. Hernandez left his start on Monday with a swollen right shin.
(7/30/2002) Hernandez might have pitched well enough on Monday to remain in the Yankees' starting rotation. He allowed only one earned run in six innings to pick up the win. Monitor his status in the next few days before making up your active lineup.
(7/21/2002) Hernandez, who pitched for the Yankees on Saturday, dropped his appeal and began serving his five-game suspension Sunday. "El Duque" might pitch next Sunday at Tampa Bay, but reserving him this week is still recommended in most leagues.
(7/21/2002) Hernandez started for the Yankees on Saturday, pitching while he appeals his five-game suspension for hitting Toronto's Carlos Delgado with a pitch. He allowed three runs in seven innings and did not figure in the decision against Boston.
(7/18/2002) The New Tork Newsday reports that Hernandez might be suspended five games for his actions on Monday when he hit batter Carlos Delgado. If this happens Hernandez will probably just have his start pushed back a day. Keep Hernandez in your active roster for now.
(7/12/2002) Yankees manager Joe Torre said he will go with a six-man rotation for the first couple series of the second half "to keep everybody sharp." This will allow Hernandez to remain in the rotation for now. He is slated to make his next start on July 15.
(7/8/2002) Hernandez will not start until at least July 15 and might even be traded before then, according to the New York Daily News. He is not someone you should start this week.
(7/6/2002) Making his first start since May 15, Hernandez pitched six shutout innings Friday against Toronto. He has now thrown 10 scoreless innings since returning from a strained upper back, and looks like a reliable starter in an AL-only league. Hernandez is still an injury risk and its unclear if hell remain in the rotation for long with Jeff Weaver now a Yankee, but right now hes safe to activate if you havent done so already.
(7/1/2002) Yankees manager Joe Torre said that Hernandez will start on Friday against the Blue Jays. He will replace Ted Lilly in the rotation, after he had a bad outing on Saturday. It is safe to activate Hernandez now.
(6/29/2002) Hernandez made his first appearance since being activated from the 15-day disabled list memorable, as he earned his first career save on Friday. He pitched four scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out one. He did not issue a walk. Monitor Ted Lilly's outing on Saturday. If Lilly does not pitch well, Hernandez might be placed back into the rotation as early as next week.
(6/28/2002) Hernandez was activated from the disabled list on Thursday. Yankee manager Joe Torre told the New York Newsday on Thursday that Hernandez will start one of the remaining nine games before the All-Star break, but didn't say who Hernandez will replace in the rotation. On Tuesday, Torre told the paper that Hernandez would work out of the bullpen until after the break.
(6/27/2002) Hernandez will be activated on Thursday and is expected to work out of the bullpen. According to New York Newsday, Ted Lilly will remain in the rotation and Hernandez will not start before the All-Star break.
(6/26/2002) Hernandez might be activated from the disabled list on Friday in time to start against the Mets. The club has yet to decide whether he will start Friday or make another rehab start in the minor leagues. Keep him reserved until a decision is made.
(6/19/2002) Hernandez continues to make progress in his recovery from a back injury, but the New York Newsday reports that he will make two more minor-league rehab starts before returning ti the starting rotation. Hernandez will make his next two starts at either Double-A Norwich or Triple-A Columbus, but no timetable has been set for his return.
(6/18/2002) Hernandez allowed one run on five hits in four innings of an intrasquad game Monday at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa. He will pitch again Saturday for Single-A Tampa if he feels fine on Tuesday. There is no timetable for Hernandez's return to the rotation.
(6/13/2002) Hernandez, who is on the disabled list with a strained upper back, threw off a mound Wednesday in Tampa. He will throw another mound session Friday and will pitch in some form of game action on Monday. There is still no timetable for Hernandez's return to the rotation.
(6/7/2002) Hernandez will throw one more bullpen session before making a minor-league start. However, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre still hasn't decided on a date. "I don't have him scheduled yet because one thing alters it and red flags go up," Stottlemyre told the New York Post. Hernandez has been sidelined since May 16 because of a back injury.
(6/6/2002) According to the New York Daily News, "El Duque" had a throwing session on Tuesday with no problems. This is a good first step for Hernandez, but his return to the starting rotation is still uncertain.
(6/5/2002) Hernandez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained upper back, threw about 70 pitches off a mound in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. However, he didn't go at full strength. "It's tough to predict when he will be back," manager Joe Torre told New York Newsday. "At least we started the process."
(6/4/2002) According to New York Newsday, Hernandez will throw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since May 15. If "El Duque" can throw off the mound without any problems, the Yankees will begin thinking about his comeback. He might pitch in a simulated game rather than go on a rehab assignment prior to his return to the team.
(6/3/2002) Hernandez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained upper back, is still playing catch on flat ground. "When he's ready to go on the mound, he'll do it," manager Joe Torre told New York Newsday. There is no timetable for Hernandez's return.
(5/30/2002) Hernandez (back) had a seven-minute game of catch off flat ground Wednesday and reported no pain. He will likely throw again on Thursday, but there is still no definitive date for his return.
(5/29/2002) Hernandez is scheduled to play catch on Wednesday, according to the New York Newsday. No timetable has been set for his return. He has been sidelined for most of May because of a back injury.
(1:23 pm ET) According to the New York Post, Hernandez will see a back specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday. "El Duque" is currently on the 15-day disabled list, and might be in danger of missing more than two weeks. Picking up Ted Lilly is advised if you need pitching help and he is still available.
(5/21/2002) Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees Tuesday due to a strained back. The team recalled Adrian Hernandez from Triple-A Columbus to take the elder Hernandez's spot in the rotation. Fantasy owners should consider picking up the younger Hernandez as a temporary replacement, unless fellow hurler Ted Lilly is still available.
(5/21/2002) Hernandez was scheduled to start for the Yankees on Tuesday but was scratched because of pain in his upper back, giving Sterling Hitchcock his first start of the season. His current status is day to day.
(5/20/2002) According to New York Newsday, manager Joe Torre sounded uncertain Sunday when asked whether Hernandez (back) will start Monday against Toronto. "He's a question mark right now," Torre said. After a short throwing session by Hernandez, however, the team felt better about him and said he indeed will start. Hernandez is expected to get two starts this week, so starting him is recomended despite the slight risk.
(4/13/2002) After being a late scratch for Thursday's contest, Hernandez started Friday's game for the Yankees. Hernandez showed no ill effects of a stiff neck that pushed him back one day in the rotation. Keep him in your active roster for next week's games.
(4/11/2002) "El Duque" was a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to a stiff neck, and was replaced by Roger Clemens. He is expected to start on Friday against Boston, barring any setbacks.
(4/8/2002) Hernandez pitched on Saturday, allowing only one run in winning his first game of the season. "El Duque" is a safe start for Fantasy owners this week.
(4/2/2002) According to New York Newsday, Hernandez will pitch on Saturday against Tampa Bay. "El Duque" had some soreness in his pitching elbow late in the spring, but it isn't considered an issue at this point.
(3/31/2002) The New York Daily News reports that Hernandez will open the year in Triple-A Columbus as a starter. He will probably be recalled once the Yankees need a fifth starter, so don't expect him to be down for long.
(3/29/2002) Hernandez (elbow) pitched in Thursday's exhibition game and reported no pain or discomfort. He is not expected to miss his first start of the regular season, so don't be afraid to put "El Duque" into your starting rotation.
(3/27/2002) An MRI exam on Hernandez's elbow found no problems, so the veteran is expected to pitch again on Thursday. Hernandez, who experienced discomfort in the elbow earlier this week, has nailed down the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation.
(3/27/2002) According to Newsday, Hernandez complained about soreness in his pitching elbow after a bullpen session this week. "El Duque" was scheduled to start on Thursday against Cincinnati, but he could be switched to a minor-league game instead. In that case, the Yankees could backdate him to March 22 if they decided to add him to the disabled list. If Hernandez is out, Fantasy owners should be sure to reserve him for the opening week.
(3/7/2002) Hernandez had another solid outing, allowing one hit in three scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. Hernandez, who is battling David Wells and Sterling Hitchcock for the final two spots in the New York rotation, struck out two without issuing a walk in his 40-pitch outing. If "El Duque" continues to pitch well during the spring, he'll certainly be worth taking a chance on.
(2/25/2002) According to Newsday, Hernandez is the most likely pitcher to be traded by New York. The Yankees have been happy with the progress of David Wells, so "El Duque" may become expendable.
(2/15/2002) There have been rumors circulating in the San Francisco area that the Giants are interested in acquiring Hernandez from the Yankees. However, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the team can't afford to trade for "El Duque," so the deal is unlikely.
(2/1/2002) According to Newsday, Hernandez will likely begin spring training with the Yankees. The team reportedly had been in negotiations with the White Sox to send "El Duque" to Chicago, but owner George Steinbrenner nixed the deal. Manager Joe Torre also stated that he would give Hernandez a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation during the spring against David Wells and Sterling Hitchcock if he remains with the team. As it stands, Hernandez will be used as a safety net should one of New York's starters fall prey to an injury.
(1/31/2002) The Contra-Costa Times reports the Giants are among a handful of teams interested in acquiring Hernandez, who no longer has a spot in the New York rotation. The Angels, Rangers and White Sox are the other teams believed to be in the market for his services.
(1/30/2002) According to New York Newsday, the Yankees are still looking to trade "El Duque." The team signed Mike Thurman this week, who is expected to compete with Adrian Hernandez, Brandon Knight and Brett Jodie for the final spot on the staff.
(10/6/2001) The New York Yankees will decide Sunday if pitcher Orlando Hernandez will be on the first-round playoff roster. Hernandez, who has complained of a tired right arm, threw for 18 minutes in the outfield Friday, one day after an MRI showed no problems with his shoulder, arm and neck. It doesn't appear that the injury will linger into next season.
(10/1/2001) Don't bother using Hernandez again this season. He will rest to try to shake off a sore right elbow that limited him to 1.2 innings in his start Saturday. Manager Joe Torre said Sunday that Hernandez won't do "anything physical over the next couple of days."
(9/2/2001) Hernandez pitched eight innings and allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five in his third start since returning from toe surgery. "He showed more determination," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "You get slapped in the face so many times, you're going to get your competitive spirit up." Hernandez has a history of strong finishes, and he might be worth activating in an AL-only league at this point.
(8/22/2001) Hernandez didn't pitch too well in his return from the disabled list Tuesday. He allowed eight runs and 11 hits in five innings, dropping his record to 0-6. Hernandez had been on the disabled list since June 1 with an injured toe on his left foot. Refrain from using him in your active roster until he turns in a better performance.
(8/20/2001) Hernandez will start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, ending his stay on the disabled list. He had been sidelined since May because of a toe injury. Get him in your active lineup this week if you need pitching. Otherwise wait and see how he performs before using him. Rookie Ted Lilly is expected to move to the bullpen to make room in the rotation, while reliever Randy Choate will probably be optioned to the minors.
(8/19/2001) Hernandez threw for 12 minutes in the bullpen Saturday and seems set to return to the New York Yankees' rotation next week in Texas. "He had a good session. We'll see how he feels tomorrow," pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said. Hernandez, on the disabled list since June 1, has been rehabilitating following surgery on the second toe of his left foot June 15 and pitched six shutout innings Thursday for Class-A Staten Island. He was 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine starts for the Yankees before going on the DL.
(8/14/2001) Hernandez will make a rehabilitation start for the Staten Island Yankees on Thursday against Pittsfield. Many thought he might be activated on August 17 but it appears that he will be sidelined a bit longer. The New York Yankees right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 1 with an inflamed toe on his left foot. In two previous rehab starts for Class-A Tampa, Hernandez did not allow an earned run in seven innings. He was 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine starts for the Yankees this season before being placed on the DL.
(8/12/2001) Hernandez, targeting a late August return from a toe injury, gave up an unearned run and four hits against Clearwater in a Florida State League game on Saturday. It was his second rehab outing, having pitched three innings Monday for Tampa. Hernandez will make his next start on Thursday for Staten Island of the Class A New York-Penn League with a 75-pitch limit.
(8/9/2001) Hernandez is making progress in his recovery from toe surgery. He reported no discomfort in his surgically repaired toe after a bullpen session Wednesday. He's scheduled to make his second rehab start this weekend. Hernandez could be activated on August 17 if all goes well.
(8/7/2001) Hernandez began a minor league rehabilitation assignment for his surgically repaired toe with Class-A Tampa Monday. he looked strong in his outing allowing a run in three innings. No timetable has been set for his return but The New York Post reports that August 17 is a likely return date.
(8/3/2001) Hernandez could begin a rehab assignment for his injured toe within a week or 10 days. The Yankees are targeting his return for September 1.
(7/27/2001) Hernandez has been doing so well in the Tampa workouts for his surgically repaired toe that he may return August 17, according to The New York Post. The paper stated, however, that a September 1 return is more realistic.
(7/17/2001) Yankee manager Joe Torre said Hernandez is at least a few weeks away from returning. Torre said Hernandez threw from about 80 feet on flat ground Monday and reported no problems.
(7/9/2001) Yankees manager Joe Torre recently told The New York Daily News that he expects Hernandez to be activated on September 1. Following toe surgery in mid-June, Hernandez was initially expected to be on the disabled list for six to eight weeks.
(7/3/2001) Hernandez is expected to rejoin the Yankees' rotation in mid-August, according to The New York Newsday. He is scheduled to arrive at the Yankees' minor league complex Tuesday and begin rehabilitating his surgically repaired toe.
(6/27/2001) Hernandez is still a long way from making his return but is making progress in his recovery from toe surgery. He is scheduled to have his protective walking boot removed later this week and will begin some walking and jogging. "I have no idea when he'll pick up a ball and throw it, but the first step is the first step," manager Joe Torre told the New York Daily News.
(6/14/2001) Hernandez will undergo surgery on a toe on his left foot Friday and will be sidelined indefinitely. The surgery will correct instability and inflammation in the second toe on the foot. The Yankees have been vague about how long the injury will sideline Hernandez, only reporting that he is expected to rejoin the rotation this season. Hernandez is 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine starts, raising concerns that his best days are behind him. Removing Hernandez from your roster would be your best solution at this point, unless your pitching staff is doing well without him.
(6/13/2001) Hernandez has visited Dr. William Hamilton and will start throwing. Hernandez, who had a cortisone injection June 4, is trying to avoid surgery on his left foot and is not expected back by the team until the All-Star break at the earliest. "He's still a little apprehensive," Torre said, adding that El Duque won't regain confidence "until he gets the ball in his hands, throws it and sees how if feels."
(6/5/2001) Hernandez visited a foot specialist on Monday and received a cortisone shot in his injured left foot, but a decision on whether or not to have surgery hasn't been made. "After a week, if everything is fine, it's great news," said Manager Joe Torre. "A lot of it depends on how he takes to the rest and the shot. The fact that the doctor didn't recommend surgery right away is good news." Hernandez's foot will be immobilized for about a week, at which point the injury will be re-evaluated.
(6/4/2001) According the New York Post, Manager Joe Torre doesn't expect have have Hernandez back until at least after the All-Star break. "If nothing is done, I am probably thinking three to four weeks," Torre said. "If there is no surgery, which we hope there isn't, then there will be a rest period during which time he probably wouldn't be able to throw a lot to keep from aggravating it. Even when he is able to throw, he will have to go through the process of getting his arm back in shape." The Yankees are reportedly interested in acquiring David Wells from Chicago in order to replace "El Duque" in the starting rotation.
(6/2/2001) After missing much of the spring with a sore forearm, Hernandez is on the disabled list because of an irritated toe. "There's a number of different ways to treat it," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday after putting El Duque on the DL. "There's also a worst-case scenario, which is surgery." The move is retroactive to last Saturday. Hernandez is 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine starts this season. He is scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. William Hamilton, a foot specialist. The irritation is in the second toe of El Duque's left foot, the one he lands on after releasing a pitch. Randy Keisler seems like the most likely candidate to replace Hernandez on the roster. Ted Lilly replaced Hernandez as the starter Friday.
(5/30/2001) Hernandez was sent back to New York because of inflammation in a toe on his left foot. "He's having trouble with his landing," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "You need to land on the ball of your foot. This is the first time (he's had) this type of injury, that I know of." At this point, the Yankees don't expect "El Duque" to miss his next start, which is scheduled for Friday against the Cleveland Indians.
(5/16/2001) Hernandez will get an extra day of rest before making his next start, according to Manager Joe Torre. The Yankees' skipper is hoping that a fifth day of rest will help turn Hernandez's recent fortunes around. The right-hander, who is also dealing with a callus on the bottom of his foot, is 0-4 with a 5.11 ERA in seven starts this season.
(4/27/2001)New York Newsday is reporting that Hernandez's father may be dealing with lung cancer in Havana. "El Duque" has not been able to contact his father in several days, and he can't return to Cuba due to the fact that he defected from the country back in 1997. The situation with his father could weigh heavily on Hernandez, who is slated to pitch on Friday against the Oakland Athletics.
(4/26/2001) Hernandez is expected to start Friday against Oakland after missing a start because of soreness in his right elbow. LHP Ted Lilly is set for Saturday's game. Don't count on Hernandez until he shows his elbow is sound again.
(4/25/2001) Hernandez threw off a bullpen mound to test his bothersome right elbow on Tuesday with no ill effects. Barring any setbacks, "El Duque" could be ready to pitch on either Friday and Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. If the elbow continues to be problematic, however, surgery may be Hernandez's only option.
(4/24/2001) "El Duque" was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, who told the right-hander that there is nothing physically wrong with his problematic right elbow. As a result, Hernandez will throw as early as Wednesday and could start on either Saturday or Sunday against the Oakland Athletics barring any setbacks.
(4/23/2001) Hernandez, who is dealing with a sore right elbow, is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL on Monday for a second opinion. If the examination goes well, "El Duque" will throw on Tuesday to further determine is availability for the Yankees. The defending champs are hoping to have Hernandez back in time for Saturday's game against Oakland.
(4/21/2001) Hernandez' injury could be more serious than what was orignially thought. He will seek a second opinion on his injured right elbow in the next few days and could need surgery. Avoid using him for now.
(4/19/2001) "El Duque" was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after telling Manager Joe Torre "he wasn't feeling right." Hernandez, who was hampered by inflammation in his right elbow during spring training, gave up four runs on six hits in three innings of work. As a result, Hernandez is expected to miss his next scheduled start.
(4/19/2001) Hernandez, who has lost his first two starts of the season, gave up four runs on six hits in three innings to set up the Yankees fourth straight loss on Wednesday, 7-2 to Toronto. Although there has been no reports of any more physical problems, one has to wonder if Hernandez might not be operating at 100 percent efficiency after experiencing some elbow troubles recently.
(3/30/2001) Hernandez reported no problems one day after throwing three innings in a game for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. It was Hernandez's first outing since March 9, when he left a game with inflammation in his right elbow. He is scheduled to start on Monday against Florida, and if all goes well, he'll start on April 8 against Toronto.
(3/26/2001) "El Duque" threw off a mound on Monday, and felt fine after the session was over. As a result, the Yankees will send out their righty on Wednesday when they face the Cincinnati Reds. "I feel good," Hernandez said through an interpreter. "If we're fine, we'll start the season. If not, we won't." If he has any setbacks, however, Hernandez will likely begin the season on the disabled list. But for now, all systems seem to be go for Hernandez.
(3/23/2001) Hernandez threw off flat ground without discomfort for the second consecutive day, and he is expected to throw off a mound Friday. If he can pitch without any discomfort, it's likely that he'll be given the choice of starting Sunday against the Twins by Manager Joe Torre.
(3/20/2001) Hernandez underwent a CT scan Monday on his ailing right elbow, but it revealed no structural damage. "El Duque" has not pitched since leaving a Mar. 9 game with a stiff forearm and elbow, and he says he's unsure whether he will be ready in time for the regular season. He tried throwing in the bullpen on Sunday, but was forced to stop after five minutes because the inflammation hadn't yet subsided. If Hernandez is unable to go by Opening Day, then two spots in the rotation will become available for fifth-starter hopefuls Christian Parker, Sid Fernandez, Adrian Hernandez and Dwight Gooden.
(3/18/2001) Hernandez had to cut his first bullpen session since injuring his right arm short due to continued inflammation. "He threw for a few minutes, and it didn't feel good," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "It's a setback. They're putting him on some medication. We should have some idea in a few days on how it's going to respond to it." The Yankees are still unsure whether or the not "El Duque" will be ready for the start of the regular season.
(3/14/2001) "El Duque" has not been rescheduled after being scratched from last Friday's start because of a stiff forearm. The team will bring him back slowly, first by playing catch this weekend, then eventually moving to a mound.
(3/12/2001) Hernandez will not make his scheduled March 14 start because of forearm stiffness, but he is expected to resume throwing soon and his value should not be greatly affected by the injury.
(3/9/2001) The Yankees pulled Hernandez from his Friday start after two innings as a precaution due to right forearm stiffness. "I was going to go back out and they told me not to," he said through an interpreter. "It's spring training and I don't want to take any risks." Hernandez will be examined by team doctors, but he said the stiffness was probably just due to all the throwing he's done thus far this spring. While this isn't of major concern yet, it bears noticing that Hernandez has been more injury-prone since the start of last season. You might want to temper your expectations of him slightly.
(9/18/2000) Hernandez turned in a strong performance Sunday to raise his record to 12-11. He pitched a complete game and allowed three runs on only four hits. More important for Fantasy owners he managed to hold the Indians without a home run in the game. Hernandez is third in the AL, allowing 31 home runs this season.
(8/17/2000) Hernandez gave up five runs (4 ER) in seven innings Wednesday as he suffered his fourth straight loss. His ERA has risen to 5.07 and he is now 8-10 on the season. "El Duque" was the Yankees ace last season but has floundered this year, mianly due to injuries. Let him win a few games before you start him on your Fantasy team.
(8/6/2000) Hernandez struggled Sunday in his return from a three-week stint on the disabled list, lasting just four innings in an 11-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez, who went on the DL on July 18 with nagging pain in his pitching elbow, was racked for five runs and eight hits as the Yankees lost for the second straight day. He threw 51 of 85 pitches for strikes, struck out one and walked three.
(7/19/2000) The sore elbow that has bothered Hernandez on and off all season finally lands him on the DL. This probably gives Doc Gooden one or two more starts in the rotation. Gooden pitched well last week.
(6/29/2000) After a successful throwing session on Tuesday, the Yankees think Hernandez should be ready to return to the rotation this weekend in Tampa Bay.
(6/27/2000) Hernandez will throw off the mound on Tuesday, at which time the club will decide whether to place him on the disabled list or put him back in the starting rotation
(6/23/2000) The Yankees expect that Hernandez's sprained right elbow will force him to miss just one start.
(6/19/2000) Doctors reported a sprained right elbow for the Yankees ace. No news on how long he will be sidelined as of yet. Hernandez has not looked well as of late and this extra rest may help mentally as much as physically.
(5/31/2000) Hernandez, who missed his scheduled start on Saturday, reported his sore back is feeling a little better. He may be able to pitch on Friday against the Braves.
(3/15/2000) Hernandez appears to be over his back problems. "El Duque" pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits as a New York Yankees' split squad lost to the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday. Hernandez struck out four, including three in a row, and walked two, throwing 39 of 60 pitches for strikes.
(3/10/2000) Hernandez sailed through his spring debut Thursday, throwing two scoreless innings in the New York Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. "My back doesn't hurt ... that was my main concern," Hernandez said. "I was nervous when I started warming up. I felt good when I was throwing, so I'm happy."
(3/8/2000) Hernandez (back stiffness) will make his spring debut Thursday against Philadelphia.
(3/6/2000) Hernandez assuaged the Yankees' worries by throwing 63 pain-free pitches from a bullpen mound on Monday. Back stiffness had forced Hernandez to miss his first scheduled exhibition start on Saturday.
(3/5/2000) Hernandez will miss his first scheduled spring start with slight back muscle stiffness.
(3/1/2000) The Yankees right-hander showed no ill-effects from back stiffness after throwing 78 pitches Wednesday during a 15-minute bullpen session. "It's much better," said Hernandez, whose scheduled batting practice stint last weekend was delayed one day because of the stiffness. Hernandez will make his spring training debut Saturday when the Yankees play Pittsburgh in Bradenton.
(2/28/2000) Hernandez threw 62 pitches over 12 minutes of live batting practice Sunday after his scheduled session was pushed back one day by back stiffness. "He was OK, thumbs up," Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said. "He was smiling." Hernandez was scheduled to throw Saturday, but was scratched as a precautionary measure.
(10/20/1999) Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez allowed one run over seven innings on Monday to earn his second win of the series and ALCS Most Valuable Player honors.
(10/11/1999) According to recently filed divorce papers, Orlando Hernandez might actually be four years older than the Yankees originally thought. Hernandez will turn 34 tomorrow, not 30 like he has claimed before.
(10/5/1999) Manager Joe Torre has selected Orlando Hernandez to start Game 1 of the Division Series against the Rangers, which starts Tuesday, and Roger Clemens to start Game 3. That means that if the series goes to a fifth and final game, Hernandez will start that one, too.
(7/29/1999) Pitcher Orlando Hernandez threw on the side Thursday and gave Yankees manager Joe Torre a thumbs-up sign to indicate he was OK. Hernandez complained of a tired arm in Tuesday's start.
(5/30/1999) Hernandez has not dominated opposing hitters like he did last season, and has struggled to stay above .500. He has not been consistent, and has only won five of his first nine decisions.
(12/28/1998) Hernandez pitched like a virtual unknown last season and that's whats made him effective. His varying pitch release and leg kick threw off many hitters. He finished his 'rookie' season with a 12-4 record after a torrid beginning. Look for him to most likely lead the staff in wins this season and collect over 200 Ks.