Her­nan­dez Will Re­hab In Bowie

The Washington Post Sunday - - High Schools - By Adam Kil­gore

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.

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