Hernandez Will Rehab In Bowie
BALTIMORE, April 21 — The Baltimore Orioles will have to wait a little longer until starting catcher Ramon Hernandez, the team’s de facto nerve center, comes off the disabled list. Hernandez, who has missed all 17 games this season because of a strained left oblique muscle, will play a rehab assignment before returning, he said Saturday.
For now, Hernandez plans on playing two or three games with Class AA Bowie this week, so he can see how the muscle responds when he “plays a game and swings hard, and we’ll see how it goes.” As he rehabs and takes batting practice, the wear of his season-long wait is beginning to drain on him.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Hernandez said. “When you want to play and you can’t, you can’t help nobody.”
Hernandez took more batting practice Saturday, a good test for the injury. He said throwing and crouching aren’t affected, only hitting.
“It went pretty good,” Hernandez said. “I feel better. I’m feeling pretty close.”
Wright on Schedule
Jaret Wright threw about 50 pitches off a mound Saturday, preparing for a start next Sunday, his first since experiencing soreness in his right shoulder April 10. He last threw off a mound in Tampa, and “there was progress,” Wright said. “I’m staying on schedule.” Wright is planning to make a rehab start on Tuesday. . . .
Corey Patterson wore Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 Saturday in tribute because the Orioles’ game last Sunday, baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, was rained out. . . .
Jay Payton made his season debut as an eighth-inning defensive replacement in left field.