Jul 2, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT
The Nationals have signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract, two club sources told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman.
El Duque last pitched in the majors with the Mets in 2007, going 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances. He missed the 2008 season with a foot problem that required surgery, and a comeback in 2009 was aborted after the Rangers declined to call him up from Triple-A in July.
Hernandez is listed as 40 years old, but he’s widely believed to be 43 or 44. If he can make it back to the majors with the Nationals, he’d be reunited with his half-brother Livan for the first time. The two were both with the Expos in the spring of 2003, but Orlando hurt his shoulder and missed the season.
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