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2.22.2007

El Duque Leaves Mets Camp

Orlando Hernandez has left the Mets' spring training camp, returning to New York to have his neck checked out.

Set to be the #2 starter behind Tom Glavine in New York's somewhat shaky starting five, Hernandez felt the same discomfort in his neck during Spring Training as he did last season.

The 41-year-old righty went an even 11-11 with a 4.66 ERA last season; going 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA after joining the Mets from Arizona in late May, then missing the playoffs due to a torn calf muscle.

The Mets are already without Pedro Martinez until midseason following rotator cuff surgery. Among those competing for starting jobs are prospects Philip Humber and Mike Pelfrey, along with veterans Jorge Sosa, Chan Ho Park, Jason Vargas, Juan Padilla and Aaron Sele.

UPDATE: Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot and will undergo treatment throughout the year to manage it.


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8 comments:

Bassmaster said...

We are so screwed. The Mets were in bad shape before this, but what now?

RandBall said...

Is it possible he hurt his neck with that self-fellating windup? I'm just wondering.

Sooze said...

No kidding! I hope I'm that flexible at 41... just in general.

RandBall said...

I could only think of inappropriate things to say, so I'm not going to say them at all. Instead: Aaron Sele: Twin Cities native!

Lizzy said...

When I'm regularly doing Yoga, I can do that...

I've been stuck on pilates since I ripped apart my knee though:(

Sooze said...

I like to chain-smoke while I do pilates. It makes me feel like I'm not really exercising.

RandBall said...

Lizzy, don't tease us like that. But speaking of Aaron Sele, with the thin pitching market it's a little surprising he doesn't at least have more than an outside shot at a rotation spot. Some desperate team must want him.

Lizzy said...

I'm not teasing. I just naughty people to death.