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Livan Hernandez designated for assignment by Braves

Jun 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Livan Hernandez AP

Two weeks ago Livan Hernandez had a 2.45 ERA. Today the Braves designated him for assignment.

In between Hernandez had a pair of horrendous outings, coughing up a total of nine runs in 4.2 innings while managing just one strikeout.

In letting him go the Braves clear a spot on the roster for Kris Medlen, who’s returning from Tommy John surgery and built up his arm strength in the minors in case he’s needed as a starter.

Normally I’d say this might be the end of the line for Hernandez, but I’ve been saying that about him since 2008 and yet somehow he keeps finding jobs and keeps being semi-useful.

Hernandez has pitched for six teams in the past six seasons, logging 986 innings with a 4.87 ERA during that time. His final numbers with the Braves include a 4.94 ERA in 31 innings, which is actually pretty impressive for a 37-year-old who throws in the low-80s with just 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

  1. mississippimusicman - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    If I had made as much money as Livan, I’d spend my days counting… in a garage by the motorway.

  2. Joe - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Livan’s an interesting case. He’s never been a great pitcher, and there were a couple of years when he was genuinely bad. But he also hit pretty well, especially early in his career, and he was a good fielder. And he has been a dependable innings-eater. All those factors IMO made him more valuable than his ERA would suggest.

  3. bravojawja - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Only if he’s starting. As a reliever, he’s been terrible. You could see the opposing batters licking their chops as they came to the plate.

    The only good reason for the Braves to keep him is that he couldn’t pitch against the Braves. They never could seem to hit him.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jun 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Can’t wait for another NL East team to pick him up and use him as an emergency starter against the Braves where it is a guarantee that he will throw 8 innings of 1-run ball. Le sigh.

    • phatnate - Jun 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Only if they dig up Eric Gregg to umpire…

  5. jaysjunkie - Jun 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Hernandez made the Blue Jay batters look absolutely SPECTACULAR a couple of weekends ago in a series where they looked completely clueless at the plate (as they have been most of the season).

  6. hushbrother - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Remember how after the 1997 postseason so many people were certain that Livan was certain to bust out into superstardom? Nah, didn’t happen. But he has had a pretty darn good career, and props to him.

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