Fernandez allows no hits in 3-inning rehab stint

April 08, 1994|By John Zenor | John Zenor,Special to The Sun

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Sid Fernandez's first stop on the road to Baltimore when without a hitch -- and without a hit.

Fernandez, pitching for the Single-A Albany Polecats, held Columbus hitless over three innings. He allowed only two walks, and 28 of his 46 pitches were strikes.

The left-hander, recovering from bursitis in his pitching shoulder, struck out four, including the side in the third inning. Fernandez, who was clocked between 83-88 mph through the first two innings, was superb in the first and third innings as he retired the side both times.

"I felt fine when I threw from the windup. I felt good," Fernandez said. "From the stretch, I felt a little uncomfortable but no pain at all. It was just the first time that I've thrown from the stretch."

Both walks came with one out in the second inning, and only two balls, both lightly hit pop flies, were hit out of the infield.

Fernandez, acquired from the New York Mets in the off-season, is scheduled for his first start with the Orioles on April 17 at Texas. He will have a second minor league outing with Double-A Bowie Baysox.

The only trouble for Fernandez was that the Polecats could not find an uniform to fit him, and he had to pitch in his Orioles uniform.

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