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August 4, 2010

O's win game and likely lose Hernandez; Bell and Roberts OK

The Orioles are now 2-0 in the Buck Showalter era, but preserving potential wins may have just gotten more difficult.

Late-inning reliever David Hernandez left the game during the top of the seventh when he threw a wild pitch and then sprained his left ankle on his way to cover home plate.

It was swollen after the game and he had a pair of crutches at the ready in the clubhouse. He said he would like to give it a few days and see if he can pitch on it. But since it is his landing leg, the team will be particularly cautious.

“They said it was a Grade 2 sprain, (athletic trainer Richie Bancells) thinks that’s 10-14 days maybe. Depending on how it heals,” Hernandez said.

So Hernandez, who is 5-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 33 games (eight starts) expects to be placed on the disabled list Thursday.

“Richie was hinting it’s a good possibility,” Hernandez said. “Just because it’s my landing foot and the tendon that’s sore is the tendon that takes the longest time to heal. That’s what they told me.”

Third baseman Josh Bell and second baseman Brian Roberts also left Wednesday’s game prematurely. Roberts was struck in the left shin by a throw in the first inning, and stayed in for five more innings. After a 24-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, Roberts didn’t come out for the seventh.

“I got hit by a ball in the shin and just have a bruise and a little swollen shin,” Roberts said. “But it’s nothing that hasn’t happened before. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to go (Thursday).”

Bell left after his at-bat in the eighth inning with a left hamstring cramp. He had a similar pain in his right hamstring in early July in Boston.

“Same thing in Boston,” Bell said. “I just have to hydrate.”

When asked if he thought the injury could sideline him, Bell said, “not at all.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 11:49 PM | | Comments (2)


Is it just me or does it seem like Buck has us playing some ball? I know its two games in, but the hitting has been great. Glad to see Bell getting a chance everyday and Buck's bullpen approach is what I'd like to see.

There's no reason to rush David Hernandez back. I hope they err on the side of caution to make sure that he's fully healed.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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