Hernandez Threatens to Have Surgery – The Post
The Nats found another way to lose last night, with ¡LIVAN! hitting four batters. The fourth one was the tying run, scoring on J.D. Closser’s homer in the sixth.
More troubling than losing the game and the series to the Rockies were remarks by the Nats starter after the game:
But then, with the team on the precipice of losing its lead in the National League East, came a bizarre postgame interview session with ace right-hander Livan Hernandez, who claimed he is contemplating having surgery on his problematic right knee, though he believes he could pitch if he feels like he did last night.
“I’m not going to say nothing,” Hernandez said. ” . . . And this is the best organization. After the season, I’m going to tell you something. Don’t worry about it.”
The meandering, difficult-to-follow exchange between Hernandez and reporters followed a seven-inning outing in which Hernandez tied a modern major league record by hitting four batters, failed to protect a 2-0 lead by allowing a two-run homer to Rockies catcher J.D. Closser — who came into the game hitting .207 — and suffered consecutive losses for the first time all season, dropping his record to 12-4.
But several times afterward, Hernandez said he would likely make a decision today as to whether to have surgery on his knee, which has bothered him since he left a start against the Chicago Cubs on May 14. To this point, Hernandez has adjusted his stride and delivery to compensate for the knee, and he became an all-star in the process.
But after last night’s outing, he said something or someone had made him upset enough that he would consider having surgery — whether he needed it or not.
“The knee is okay,” Hernandez said. “I not say nothing about my knee is hurt. Nothing. I don’t say nothing about my knee.”
Manager Frank Robinson would not comment on the situation, he seems to be blindsided too. Let the speculation begin.
More from The Wash. Times: Livan may take a knee
Boxscore – ESPN.com
Company Claims Rights to Nationals Trademark – AP/WJLA
A company called Bygone Sports claims to own the trademark for “Washington Nationals” and is suing MLB. I am no legal expert, but given that the Nationals was a nickname dating back over 100 years, methinks Bygone has no chance.
W. Cordero on his way out – The Wash. Times
Convicted wife-beater Wil Cordero has been designated for assignment — and there was great rejoicing. Former Miami Hurricanes QB Kenny Kelly was picked up off of waivers from the Reds to replace him. Kelly, a toolsy centerfielder, takes over as the clubs 99th outfielder.
Also, Jim Bowden may have broken Barry Larkin down, he is thinking about playing again.
More from The Post: W. Cordero Is Dropped For Kelly
Struggling Nats Find Nothing But Trouble – The Post
When things are going badly, they go really badly.
It’s a hit! – The Wash. Times
Baseball is booming and the Nats are one of the reasons why.