Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, who is the subject of a federal investigation concerning his relationship with convicted Puerto Rican drug dealer Angel Ayala Vazquez, said Thursday night he is not concerned that allegations against him will lead to any repercussions.
Speaking after he pitched eight innings and got the win in the Nationals' 4-3 victory over the Mets, Hernandez said, "We're good. We don't have a problem. I'm going to let you know one day (what happened)."
The right-hander testified in the trial of Vazquez in 2009; a New York Times report said the testimony came while he was still with the Mets. Hernandez signed with the Nationals in August of that year, re-signed with the team as a minor league free agent the following February, led the team in wins and innings in 2010 and received a one-year extension last August for 2011.
A report in El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, tied Hernandez to Vazquez on Wednesday afternoon, saying that during Vazquez's 2009 trial, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found a warehouse full of cars registered in Hernandez's name but actually belonging to Vazquez.
"Whatever came out in the papers, if they do not say the truth, it's OK," Hernandez said. "I can't do nothing when something came out. I can't do nothing."
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