Hernandez (elbow) opted out of his minor-league contract with the Orioles on Monday and became a free agent, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. After joining the Orioles for camp as a non-roster invitee, Hernandez appeared to be tracking toward a spot in the Opening Day rotation, but an elbow injury suffered two weeks ago scuttled those plans. Though Hernandez has since resumed throwing off a mound, he apparently wasn't interested in sticking around at the Orioles' alternate training site to complete his rehab program. Once healthy, Hernandez could look to rejoin the Orioles if no better offers emerge for the 2010 American League Cy Young winner.
Hernandez (elbow) was scheduled to throw another bullpen session Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hernandez's sore right elbow responded well to Wednesday's throwing session, so he'll get back on the mound again with the hope of gaining clearance to face live hitters before camp closes. The right-hander doesn't look like he'll have enough time to guarantee his availability for Opening Day, but he could still be a candidate to eat innings as an opener or primary pitcher when Baltimore first requires a fourth or fifth starter on April 5 and 6, respectively. The Orioles have thus far named only three pitchers to the five-man rotation (John Means, Matt Harvey and Bruce Zimmermann).
Hernandez (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hernandez has been slowed recently due to elbow discomfort, but he advanced to playing catch early in the week and was able to throw off a mound Wednesday. Manager Brandon Hyde was encouraged by Hernandez's successful throwing session. He'll play catch Friday and be evaluated afterward, but Hyde isn't yet sure when Hernandez will be able to return to game action.
Hernandez (elbow) will get back on the mound for a side session Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Hernandez was pulled from his previous start last Tuesday with elbow discomfort, but he wasn't shut down completely for long. He's played catch for the past few days and is nearly ready for mound work, though time is getting tight for him to be cleared to play by Opening Day. King Felix hasn't been officially ruled out for the start of the season, though he's not guaranteed to make the club even if healthy, as he's merely in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez (elbow) has advanced to playing catch, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Hernandez exited his Tuesday start with an elbow injury. While it continues to improve, it's not yet clear when he's expected to get into game action. He may not have time to make his case for an Opening Day rotation spot even if he's healthy before the season begins.
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