Starter Hernandez scratched from Sunday start

Righty has shoulder discomfort

Hendrickson replaces him

May 16, 2010|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

Orioles right-hander David Hernandez was scratched from his Sunday start against the Cleveland Indians with shoulder discomfort that he said has been triggered by inflammation in his biceps.

Veteran lefty Mark Hendrickson, who started 11 games for the Orioles last year, will make the spot start against the Indians. The club recalled left-handed reliever Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday -- after demoting first baseman Rhyne Hughes on Saturday night -- to add an extra arm to the bullpen.

"I got fired," Hernandez joked this morning when asked about the scratch. "I've just got some discomfort in my shoulder. They are just taking precautionary measures and giving me off a start."

Hernandez, 25, said he first felt a pinching in his shoulder "almost two weeks ago" and attempted to pitch through it because it didn't bother him during games. But in Tuesday's start against the Seattle Mariners, in which he allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, Hernandez said he felt the discomfort from the first inning on.

"My last start was probably the first time I felt it during the start," he said. "I usually feel it more the next day or my side day. But usually on the fifth day it feels well enough to where I can pitch and not feel it during the games because I've got the adrenaline going and you don't really feel it. That's why I said something, because I felt it during the game."

He said he has been receiving treatment on the shoulder but has not had a magnetic resonance imaging and doesn't know whether he will need one. He has been told inflammation in the biceps is probably at the root of the pain, and he is considered "day-to-day."

Hernandez won the Orioles' fifth starter job out of spring training but has endured a trying six weeks. He is 0-5 with a 5.84 ERA. He has allowed 38 hits and 23 walks in 37 innings and has lost 11 straight decisions dating back to August.

"I'm not going to go out and make excuses as why I've been a little out of control," Hernandez said.

Hendrickson, 35, is 1-0 with a 5.65 ERA in 12 games this season, all relief appearances. Last year, he was 2-5 with a 5.40 in 11 starts for the Orioles and 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 42 games as a reliever.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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