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Braves release Livan Hernandez

Jun 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Livan Hernandez AP

As expected Livan Hernandez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and today the Braves released the 37-year-old right-hander.

No team wanted anything to do with Hernandez’s guaranteed contract, but now that the Braves are on the hook for that entire deal and he’s available for a prorated share of the minimum salary he could find a taker. At the very least he’ll surely be able to snag a minor-league deal and a chance to work his way back to the majors at Triple-A.

Hernandez had a 2.73 ERA as recently as May 25, but turned in back-to-back ugly outings to finish with a 4.94 ERA and .331 opponents’ batting average in 31 total innings as a reliever.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    This guy is like a cat with 9 lives. He’ll end up on a big league roster before the season is over.

  2. natslady - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Good luck, Livo. Enjoyed your years with us, but it was time to move on. Still have your autographed jersey…

    • natstowngreg - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      *adopts expression of jealousy*

      I love Livan, but Mike Rizzo needs to resist the urge to bring him back.

  3. pisano - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Not to worry, Boston will pick him up.

  4. Vindickative - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I remember being stoked to finally get to my first Giants game at then-Pacific Bell Park back in 2001. It was the season Barroid hit his 70,000 home runs, and the G-Men were playing the aggressively blah Astros in a middle-of-the-week night game. Then Livan Hernandez gave up 4 runs before we found our seats.

    On the other hand, 4.94 ERA and .331 OPA are significantly better numbers than Tim Lincecum’s this year. “Livo? Brian Sabean’s on the line…”

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