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Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

Jan 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done.

Hernandez last pitched out of the bullpen for the Braves and Brewers in 2012, posting a combined 6.42 ERA in 67 1/3 innings. Over his career, though, Hernandez was known as a workhorse, logging at least 200 innings in eight straight seasons from 2000-07.

No word on if the Nats plan to have Hernandez teach Stephen Strasburg how to throw an eephus (skip 30 seconds in the video below).

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    there is no eephus pitch in that video

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