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The Texas Rangers released Orlando Hernandez from his minor-league contract yesterday

El Duque was 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eight relief appearances for AAA Oklahoma.

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Orlando Hernandez's time with the Mets is all but over now as he has officially filed for free agency.

El Duque is 18-12 in 47 games with the Mets dating back to 2006.

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In the last week or so, several people have e-mailed me asking where Orlando Hernandez is, and whether he could be a solution for the team?s bullpen situation.

Last I heard, Hernandez?is still?working out in Port St. Lucie, while doing a bit of light throwing.? However, he?is not at all?close to being able to contribute at the major-league level.

That said, it?s El Duque, so, frankly, who knows.

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Orlando Hernandez was removed due to foot soreness after pitching one inning in his rehab start for Double-A Binghamton tonight.

...ugh...i wonder if both el duque and Moises Alou come from the the same family tree...it would certainly explain their penchant for getting injured...

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Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to make his next rehab start on Thursday for the Mets Double-A Binghamton.

Hernandez, who is rehabbing multiple lower leg ailments, pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two on five hits while striking out five in his last rehab start on July 10 for Single-A St. Lucie.

According to David Lennon, at his blog for Newsday, the Mets plan to use Hernandez out of the bullpen when he returns, but may slide into the rotation if Pedro Martinez's groin and shoulder issues continue to plague him.

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Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to make his second minor-league rehab start in St. Lucie this weekend.

Jerry Manuel, speaking to reporters prior to yesterday's game, regarding Hernandez's role once healthy, said:

"I have thought about that, but if it were to happen now, it would be difficult to take any one out of the rotation?If he does, it would have to be a bullpen situation?That's going to be a tough thing to deal with."
...manuel is right...i just don't see how el duque fits in the rotation unless a trade is made, involving a member of the current rotation, to improve the team or an injury occurs...i would assume once healthy, el duque would take Tony Armas' spot in the bullpen, but that is purely speculation on my part...
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Orlando Hernandez tossed 62 pitches, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out six in four innings yesterday during a minor-league rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, the Mets are preparing El Duque to be a starter.

...el duque doesn't deserve to be added to the starting rotation, not with Mike Pelfrey gaining confidence and Oliver Perez pitching well...

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Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reports RHP Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez may make his first rehab start next week and may be able to join the team by the end of the month.

...who is the el duque fella you speak of...

According to Shpigel, Hernandez threw batting practice on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie and the team is still deciding where he will make his rehab starts and whether to use him in relief or in the rotation once he returns to the major league roster.

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Moises Alou continued to tell reporters yesterday that he hopes to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

again, i’ll believe it when i see it…and even then, forgive me if i remain skeptical

Meanwhile, in St. Lucie, Orlando Hernandez is throwing from a mound, but there is still no timetable for his return.

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According to Mark Hale of the New York Post, Orlando Hernandez, who is still rehabbing from a strained tendon in his foot, threw without a boot for a second straight day in Port St. Lucie, and could throw off the mound within a week.

When asked about a possible return to the Mets, El Duque replied:

"I try to come back in two weeks, three weeks, when I feel good, I'll be back."
...el who-que...i wish him the best, but i'll believe it when i see it...
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According to Adam Rubin, at his blog for the Daily News, Orlando Hernandez has taken off the protective boot and has been cleared to do light throwing and jogging, “though his bunion remains.”

yipee…the thing is, this just makes me wonder how much closer we are to his next bizarre injury, and what will it be…

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The Mets announced yesterday that Pedro Martinez will begin throwing from a mound in 10 days or so.

?this would suggest he may not see a rehab start, assuming he makes one, until the end of May, which is what the team initially thought last week?

Also, Orlando Hernandez will keep his foot in a boot for two more weeks, while continuing to rehab a strained ligament.

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Ramon Castro caught five innings and had two hits in an extended spring training game yesterday, while working to return from a strained hamstring.

The team’s Ass’t GM John Ricco told reporters that Castro is still unable to run at “100 percent.”

Ricco also told reporters that both Orlando Hernandez and Pedro Martinez will travel to New York to be re-examined.

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Prior to tonight’s game, Omar Minaya told reporters that Ramon Castro is still working out in extended rehab in St. Lucie, noting that there is still no timetable on his return.

…honestly, i totally forgot about castro…how sad is that

Minaya once again stated that Moises Alou could play in a rehab game during this weekend.

Pedro Martinez is also rehabbing in St. Lucie, according to Minaya, as is Orlando Hernandez, who continues to wear a boot on his foot.

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Orlando Hernandez is back in a medical boot, this time with a strained tendon, and will be sidelined for two weeks ? at which point he?ll be re-evaluated.

Hernandez returned to New York from St. Lucie yesterday for an MRI.

?i hope he makes it back?i do?because he can be an effective pitcher?the thing is, i am no longer holding my breath?and, i?m starting to feel like the Mets should approach their pitching staff as though el duque, as well as Pedro Martinez, will not return?which is not to say they will not?and i hope the eventually do?i just think it?s safer to operate under the former?for security purposes?plus, this way, they can save money on medical tape?

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Orlando Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits, including a home run, while striking out six hitters last night in a rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie.

Hernandez is scheduled to make two more minor-league rehab starts before re-joining the Mets.

Hernandez can return from the disabled on April 13.

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Orlando Hernandez will make his first rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie Mets tonight at Tradition Field.

Before last night’s game, Orlando Hernandez told reporters he intends to make three minor-league rehab starts before rejoining the major-league club.

so, as i said last night, this suggests he will be unavailable until at least the middle of April, which means the Mets will only need to start Nelson Figueroa once, on April 12, assuming a) the Mets push up their rotation, to start Oliver Perez next Tuesday in the home opener, and b) el duque does not suffer a set back

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Before tonight’s game, Orlando Hernandez told  that he intends to make three minor-league rehab starts before rejoining the major-league club.

so, if he starts on Thursday, as expected, this suggests he will be unavailable until at least the middle of April, which means the Mets will only need to start Nelson Figueroa once, on April 12, assuming a) the Mets push up their rotation, to start Oliver Perez next Tuesday in the home opener, and b) el duque does not suffer a set back

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Orlando Hernandez visited his team’s locker room in Miami, where he could work with the team’s trainers.

As noted last night, Hernandez told reporters that he expects to make his first minor-league rehab start tomorrow in St. Lucie.

He is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 13.

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In five innings against the O?s today, Orlando Hernandez allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out two.

Mike Pelfrey is now on the mound.

According to Dovie, who is at the game, ?El Duque was pretty impressive?Besides for the third, when he ran into a little trouble, he looked pretty impressive in the fourth and fifth, retiring the O?s in order - even striking out Kevin Millar and Adam Jones on a nasty change-up?

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?according to readers who are at the game, Orlando Hernandez is back to using his traditional high leg-kick, which he had temporarily abandoned this spring?

Through four innings, Hernandez has allowed four hits, one run and one walk against the Orioles.

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Orlando Hernandez and Mike Pelfrey are both scheduled to pitch this afternoon in Fort Lauderdale against the Orioles.

the buzz from St. Lucie seems to be that if el duque can get through today’s start without getting rocked or injured, regardless of what pelfrey does, the fifth starter spot will likely go to el duque…which is wise…like i had said, i feel pelfrey needs more work, and el duque has earned the right to perform…

…once el duque stumbles or hurts himself, then pelfrey can step in as he will have had time to get his act together in New Orleans…

For more on the roster battle, read David Lennon in Newsday; and to directly hear from Hernandez, who is not worried, and to hear from Pelfrey, who thinks Hernandez has the edge, read the Bergen Record.

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In a post to his blog for the New York Post, citing a team source, Bart Hubbuch explains why Orlando Hernandez is likely to be the team?s fifth starter, not Mike Pelfrey.

?this is fine by me, as long as el duque is healthy?whatever that means for him?

?pelfrey needs more work in the minor leagues?more to the point, he needs to get it together, get aggressive, and show some fight?the kid has so much talent, yet looks and plays so passive?

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Mets GM Omar Minaya joined Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Kevin Burkhardt in the booth during today’s broadcast on

According to Minaya, the decision regarding his team’s fifth starter will likely come down to the weekend, and be between Orlando Hernandez, Mike Pelfrey, Jorge Sosa and Nelson Figueroa.

By the way, Hernandez and Pelfrey will both pitch in tomorrow’s exhibition game against the Orioles.

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Yesterday, Orlando Hernandez threw a four-inning, 80-pitch simulated game at Tradition Field.

Following the ‘game,’ he told reporters he is scheduled to start in a real game on Sunday at home against the Cardinals.

According to multiple reports, Hernandez topped out at 81 mph, while mostly throwing fastballs in the upper 70s.

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Orlando Hernandez threw a four-inning, 80-pitch simulated game this morning at Tradition Field.

Following the ‘game,’ he told reporters he is scheduled to start in a real game on Sunday at home against the Cardinals.

For more on Hernandez’s day, during which he topped out at 81 mph, check out blogs from Lisa Kennelly at the Star-Ledger, John Delcos at the Journal News, and David Lennon at Newsday.

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Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to throw a simulated game in Port St. Lucie today, complete with batters, base runners and defense.

from what i understand, assuming all goes well following today’s game, the next step will be for el duque to pitch in an actual spring training game, during which he’ll most likely only pitch an inning or two…which is why most people continue to believe he’ll start the year on the disabled list, building up his strength just in time for mid April, when the Mets will first need a fifth starter…

…by the way, it would be only fitting that both el duque and Moises Alou will start the season on the disabled list…i mean, it’s almost too perfect, considering how much we all joke about how fragile they are…unreal

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Willie Randolph told reporters yesterday that Orlando Hernandez will throw another simulated game, before pitching in a live game.

meaning, we should not expect to see him on a mound in a real game until the last week of spring training…which is why i still believe he’ll remain in St. Lucie, when camp breaks for opening day

Brian Schneider is back on the sidelines with a tight, right hamstring.  However, he told WFAN yesterday that he expects to be back in action when the team returns home this weekend.

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As noted yesterday, using a new, toned-down delivery, Orlando Hernandez threw a 60–pitch, three-inning simulated game yesterday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

He told reporters afterwards that he is now ready to pitch in a real, live game.

Willie Randolph, while talking to reporters yesterday about whether Hernandez’s new delivery may alter his mystique:

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Using a new, toned-down delivery, Orlando Hernandez threw a 60–pitch, three-inning simulated game this morning in Port St. Lucie.

He told reporters afterwards that he is now ready to pitch in a real, live game.

For more on Hernandez’s outing, check out blogs from the Bergen Record, Newsday, and the New York Post.

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Orlando Hernandez will throw a simulated game at Tradition Field today.

it’s looking more and more, to me, like el duque will just stay back at camp when the team begins the season, where he can continue to work and be ready about the time the team first needs a fifth starter around the middle of April…he’s just way off the pace

Meanwhile, on Monday, Luis Castillo told reporters that he intends to play in a game today or tomorrow.

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Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado returned to the lineup yesterday.

Beltran was hitless in three at-bats, while Delgado was hitless in two at-bats.

For more on their return, read the New York Post, Newsday, and the Star-Ledger.

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Prior to yesterday’s game, Willie Randolph told reporters that Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado are expected to play during today’s game against the Red Sox in St. Lucie.

…i expect one of the two to start at Designated Hitter, but we’ll see…it just seems crazy to gave them in the field right now…go slow…no rush

Randolph also said that Duaner Sanchez and Orlando Hernandez will each throw a long-toss session today after pitching on Saturday.

…from what i can gather, duaner is basically being handled with kid gloves, which is understandable…also, el duque is coming along better than expected, and should pitch a simulated game at some point this week…

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Willie Randolph told reporters yesterday that Orlando Hernandez could pitch in a game this weekend, since the pitcher threw a solid 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday.

well, i hope so…but, i’ll believe it when i see it

as has been noted, el duque is working on a new delivery…it’s less violent…instead of the high leg kick, he simply brings his knee to adjust over 90 degree angle, raising his hands and leg in tandem, while keeping his body in perfect balance, before going to the plate

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…i just finished watching Orlando Hernandez throw roughly 40 pitches or so in a bullpen session…honestly, it’s impossible to tell if he looked good or bad…his delivery is a bit different…he was throwing sort-of sidearm at one point…

…he was being watched by Jeff Wilpon, Willie Randolph, Guy Conti, Rick Peterson, a few other coaches, and a camera man who kept shifting angles, from behind el duque, to the side of the mound and behind the catcher…

…el duque told reporters after the session that he feels good, but does not know when he’ll pitch again…when asked if the new wind up will work for him, he held up crossed fingers on both hands, smiled and said, “I don’t know, everybody cross their fingers.”…

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i just watched Orlando Hernandez working on his delivery with Rick Peterson and Company…he then moved to the field to do some light throwing, using the new style…he is scheduled to throw from a mound at some point this morning




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Before he could even start a bullpen session, Orlando Hernandez shut it down after only warming up with a weighted towel.

it’s getting to the point now where i will be surprised to see el duque crack the opening day roster…i mean, these guys are about 50 percent through camp and he still hasn’t even thrown batting practice

Meanwhile, Pedro Martinez looked strong, throwing 40 pitches to Brian Schneider during a live batting practice session.

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…here is some video i shot of the guys warming up, followed by Orlando Hernandez working with Rick Peterson in advance of a bullpen session…el duque is using a towel, with a ball wrapped up in the end of it, to help simulate the weight of throwing motion as peterson works with him on the follow-through in his delivery…all while this was taking place, i was praying he didn’t hurt himself any more than he already is

keep an eye on the beat writer blogs, as i’m sure they will have additional commentary from the throwing session

midway through the video, el duque tries to use me and my camera as a shield against Duaner Sanchez, who jokingly started to swing a chain at him…oh, dear lord

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Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez each threw a pre-game batting practice this afternoon.

again, eyewitnesses say it looked like he el duque was throwing a Wiffle Ball, which is not surprising

Hernandez told reporters that he does not feel 100 percent.

According to previous reports, Martinez intends to start on March 6 against the Nationals in Viera, Fla.

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According to Ken Rosenthal from FOXSports.com, “Mets officials remain divided on free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse.”

Rosenthal adds, “The buzz among scouts on the East Coast of Florida is that the Cardinals are pursuing Lohse, but sources indicate that the team is not interested.”

the buzz among scouts on the East Coast…i love it

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Yesterday, Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters that Orlando Hernandez is no closer to throwing batting practice, let alone starting a game, despite throwing a ‘good’ bullpen session earlier in the week.

According to the New York Post, Hernandez is battling pain in his foot, as well as pain from a recent root canal.

…it used to be a joke, but i seriously can no longer keep track of this guys aches and pains…

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In a report for SI.com, Jon Heyman explains that at one point this winter, the Mets were shopping Orlando Hernandez, ‘who is literally hurting from head to toe.’

According to Heyman, had the Mets been able to trade Hernandez, who did not draw much interest, they would have signed Kyle Lohse, who is still a free agent.

…i keep getting e-mails from fans who still believe the Mets should sign lohse…sure, if he’ll take a minor-league deal, which i doubt he’ll need to accept…despite el duque’s instability, i just can’t see guaranteeing a roster spot to lohse, since it will mean moving el duque to the bullpen - no questions asked

Heyman also gives a break down of both side’s positions during the Oliver Perez arbitration case; as well as information on Ryan Howard’s next deal, Barry Bonds and the future of Freddy Garcia, among other things.

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‘s Kevin Burkhardt sent in the following text message…

Orlando Hernandez was scheduled to throw live batting practice, but instead he threw a 45–pitch bullpen where he was not throwing that hard.  He said he experienced no pain in his foot and although he is behind schedule said he’d be ready by opening day.”

…every time kevin sends me a text message, and i see ‘el duque,’ i freak out…it’s amazing how i just assume it will be bad news…in this case, it reads like eh-news, not bad, but not good…frankly, when it comes to el duque, it’s a hold-your-breath, day-to-day, pitch-by-pitch news cycle, and we just need to accept it…

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At his blog for Newsday, David Lennon reports that Orlando Hernandez did not have a bunion removed as the Mets said he did.

Instead, “He had surgery to fix a dislocated second toe, which is now actually shorter, affecting his balance,” Lennon explains. “Because of that, Hernandez is lagging behind the other pitchers as he tries to adjust.”

so, basically, the guy is hurt so often, even his employer can’t keep track of what pains him…good grief

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In his blog for the New York Post, Joel Sherman writes, “Orlando Hernandez absolutely should stay in the rotation.”

According to Sherman, the Mets are better suited by Hernandez remaining in the rotation, with Mike Pelfrey getting as much work as needed in Triple-A – so when Hernandez, or Pedro Martinez get hurt, Pelfrey will be ready.

of course, it all depends on pelfrey, and how other relief pitchers fair over the next few weeks…however, aside from that, speaking of style, i just feel like el duque’s game and brain will translate and serve this team and his health better if pitching from the bullpen…that said, letting pelfrey get a full season of work in triple-a is appealing as well

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just talked with SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt again…he says Orlando Hernandez talked with reporters a few minutes ago, and said, “I think I'm in the rotation. I not go to bullpen. I'm happy on mound as a starting pitcher.”

…according to kevin, el duque didn’t say it in a defiant way, it was sort of like he was just stating the facts…

…also, el duque says, because of his injury last season, he did not start his ritual running program until late in the off-season…nevertheless, he feels good…

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According to Adam Rubin, at his blog for the Daily News, Orlando Hernandez’s locker in Tradition Field is situated next to the other starting pitchers: Johan Santana, John Maine, Oliver Perez and Pedro Martinez.

Rubin also lists the in-camp uniform numbers for some of the team’s top prospects, such as Jon Niese, Brant Rustich and The Teenage Hitting Machine, who will be wearing No. 67.

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During yesterday’s press conference, Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters that, “Orlando Hernandez is part of his team’s starting rotation.”

…i love how these guys always talk in the absolute present…it’s very wise…

…i mean, it’s not like he said, “Orlando Hernandez will be in our starting rotation,” which would be a completely different statement

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Meeting with reporters at Citi Field yesterday, Mets GM Omar Minaya said that Orlando Hernandez will be a starting pitcher next season, while Jorge Sosa is expected to pitch from the bullpen.

first, this suggests that the team will offer arbitration to sosa…second, yes, i am sure hernandez is considered a starting pitcher today, but, from what i understand, the team has discussed whether he could be more effective from the bullpen, and they are not against the idea of him being bumped from the rotation should other, more viable options be acquired between now and spring training…but, sure, as of now, they have no choice, el duque is a starter

Lastly, according to Minaya, RHP Duaner Sanchez has been throwing 88–90 mph from a mound in Port St. Lucie.

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The Mets are holding their organizational meetings today, reports Mark Hale in the New York Post.

basically, management and the team’s owners will get together and formulate an off-season game plan based on a collection of issues facing their future

In Hale’s report, he lists a variety of potential issues that are expected to be on the team’s docket.

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