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Nats acquire cannon fodder

Aug 26, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

For as bad as he is, even Livan Hernandez has his uses.  Specifically, to go out and pitch a bunch of innings, no matter how ineffective, in order to ease the burden on the young arms of a team already out of the race:

The Nationals signed Livan Hernandez late Tuesday night and wasted no
time inserting the veteran right-hander into their rotation. He’ll
start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, bumping four of Washington’s
other starters back a day and Collin Balester to Class AAA Syracuse.

And we can now officially call off the Bryce Harper derby.

  1. Bill@TDS - Aug 26, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Solid move by the Nats. Like the Dodgers, they’d had what felt like a comfortable lead all year, but now the Royals have come nipping at their heels. With the Royals pulling out all the stops with moves like the senseless demotion of Alex Gordon, the Nationals really needed to make a statement to show the world that the road to Bryce Harper still goes through our nation’s capitol. Well played.

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