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Anderson Hernandez traded to Mets [update]

The Nationals have traded second baseman Anderson Hernandez to the Mets for second baseman Greg Veloz on Thursday.

The switch-hitting Hernandez started the season as the everyday second baseman, but he slumped badly and hit .255 during the first half. He was then told before the All-Star break by then-manager Manny Acta and current manager Jim Riggleman that he would lose playing time to Alberto Gonzalez, who was swinging a hot hitter at the time.

“I wanted to play like everybody else,” Hernandez said. “Like I say, the situation happened. I know they wanted to see Gonzalez play at second base, so I just have to take it. There’s nothing I could do.”

Hernandez did not take the news well. According to baseball sources, he pouted for most of the second half because Riggleman used Gonzalez and Ronnie Belliard at second base. 

The final straw came on July 30th against the Brewers. Hernandez was taken out of the game on a double switch. Hernandez was taking groundballs when he received the news that he was out of the game. He was upset, threw his glove in the dugout and was yelling at no one in particular. The Nationals’ “think tank” then decided he had to leave the team.

“I was a little upset because I just went on the field. Nobody told me anything before,” Hernandez said. “But that’s all right. It happens. 

Veloz, who will report to Class A Potomac, is a career .249 hitter with 19 home runs, 145 RBI and 108 stolen bases in three-plus professional seasons.

In his three complete pro campaigns, Veloz has averaged 30 stolen bases. He entered the season rated among the Mets’ top 25 prospects as listed in Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook.

A 6-foot-1 switch hitter, Veloz currently paces the Mets’ Minor League system with 18 stolen bases. In 2007, he led the Rookie-level Appalachian League with nine triples and ranked fourth in stolen bases, swiping 18 in just 66 contests. Veloz originally signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in March of 2006.   

To replace Hernandez on the roster, the Nationals recalled reliever Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse. 

Rivera, 31, rejoins the Nationals after going 2-5 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA with Syracuse. A member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, Rivera went 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in 10 appearances with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 20. 

 

Anderson Hernandez traded to Mets

The Nationals have traded second baseman Anderson Hernandez to the Mets on Thursday. It’s not known who the Nationals would get in return.

The switch-hitting Hernandez started the season as the everyday second baseman, but he slumped badly and hit .255 during the first half. He was then told before the All-Star break by then-manager Manny Acta and current manager Jim Riggleman that he would lose playing time to Alberto Gonzalez, who was a hot hitter at the time.

More details to come on Nationals.com.    

Hernandez has new role as utility player

Since Jim Riggleman became the Nationals’ interim manager last week, Anderson Hernandez has yet to get a start at second base.

The reason is that the team now considers Hernandez a utility player. That’s why he has been working out in the outfield. Most of the playing time at second base will go to Alberto Gonzalez, with Ronnie Belliard and Willie Harris getting  occasional starts. 

The idea originally came from then-manager Manny Acta, who told Hernandez before the All-Star break that they wanted to see what Gonzalez can do on an everyday basis. Entering Saturday’s action, Gonzalez is hitting .299 with one home run with 17 RBIs.

Hernandez started the season as the everyday second baseman. While he is special with the glove, there are times when he looks overmatched at the plate, especially from the left side of the plate. One will he know that Hernandez is in a slump when he turns his head after swinging and missing at a pitch.                              

Flores ready to play; Hernandez baffled by injury

Catcher Jesus Flores, on the disabled list because of a right shoulder contusion, took batting practice and was able to throw the baseball without any problems on Friday.

The plan was to let Flores rehab the shoulder at the team’s complex in Viera Fla., but it looks like he will have a rehab assignment with one of the Minor League team starting Monday.

“I’m happy that I started doing everything [as far as baseball activities]. Right now, we are all excited to start playing,” Flores said.

Second baseman Anderson Hernandez still doesn’t know how he dislocated his right pinky on Thursday against the Pirates. In the fourth inning, Hernandez grounded out to third baseman Andy LaRoche for the final out. As he was taking his batting glove off, Hernandez noticed that the finger was bent backward. He left the game and was replaced by Ronnie Belliard.

Hernandez said on Friday the pinky is sore, but could play if needed. 

“It was scary. It never happened to me before. I just got scared. I thought it was broken,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez update; Milledge fined

Manager Manny Acta said Monday that second baseman Anderson Hernandez’s left hamstring is getting better. Hernandez was able to run sprints, run backwards and take groundballs on Sunday.

Hernandez, who hit .276 with four RBIs this spring, strained his left hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves on March 25.

About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field. Acta said the injury could have been more serious if Hernandez continued to use the leg after feeling the initial pain, but the second baseman was seen hopping on his right leg.

There is no timetable as to when Hernandez will have first a rehab assignment. Once he is activated from the disabled list, he will be the everyday second baseman, while Ronnie Belliard goes back on the bench.

“He is doing much better,” Acta said of Hernandez. “He will probably play a few games in Florida, extended spring training.”

In other news, center fielder Lastings Milledge was fined an undisclosed amount of money for missing Acta’s pep talk to the team on Sunday afternoon, according to three sources. Milledge, who participated in practice that day, was in the starting lineup in Monday’s season opener against the Marlins.

It's official: Hernandez and Dmitri on the DL

The Nationals placed second baseman Anderson Hernandez and first baseman Dmitri Young  on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

Anderson suffered a left hamstring strain against the Braves on March 25 and still felt pain in the hamstring when he took groundballs a week later.

Young has had back and hip problems for most of Spring Training, and he said recently he was ready to be on the Opening Day roster. But the team felt otherwise. He will spend three weeks in extended Spring Training.                       

Anderson Hernandez going on DL

Nationals second baseman Anderson Hernandez will start the 2009 season on the disabled list, retroactive to March 27, because of a strained left hamstring. 

Hernandez was able to take groundballs at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday morning, but he still felt tightness in the leg. He will stay in Viera, Fla., to rehab the hamstring.

Hernandez strained his left hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves last Wednesday. About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field. Manager Manny Acta said the injury could have been more serious if Hernandez continued to use the leg after feeling the initial pain, but the second baseman was seen hopping on his right leg.

With Anderson going on the DL, it means Ronnie Belliard will be the starting second baseman against the Marlins on April 6. Alberto Gonzalez will also make the team as a backup infielder.

The Nationals are still planning to carry an extra position player because they are carrying only four starting pitchers. The team could carry three catchers or another infielder such as Kory Casto or Alex Cintron.                       

Craig Stammen has nice outing

Right-hander Craig Stammen pitched in his first exhibition game for the Nationals on Tuesday and had a solid outing, giving up one run in four innings in a 7-2 victory against the Tigers.

Stammen, who started because the Nationals wanted to lineup right-handers Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmermann on their regular days in the rotation, retired the first nine batters he faced, but gave up a run in the fourth inning — an RBI groundout by Curtis Granderson.

Manager Manny Acta was impressed with Stammen’s performance and said the rookie looked better than some of the pitchers who were in camp this spring.

“He has a lot of fans in our Minor League system,” Acta said about Stammen. “There are guys who make it to the big leagues [by sneaking] by people. They get unnoticed a little bit. They have to earn their way at every level that they are at. They may not be labeled as big-time prospects, but they continue to put up numbers and pitch well.

“He looks like a guy we might need in the future. At least he throws the ball over the plate and has three pitches.”

In other news, second baseman Anderson Hernandez is going to take groundballs on Wednesday and the team will determine that day if he will be placed on the disabled list.

“It’s going to be the turning point on whether he is going to be ready for Opening Day or not,” Acta said.  

Hernandez strained his left hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves last Wednesday. About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field. Acta said the injury could have been more serious if Hernandez continued to use the leg after feeling the initial pain, but the second baseman was seen hopping on his right leg.

Right-hander Daniel Cabrera had an excellent bullpen session on Tuesday and will pitch against the Orioles on Friday. He missed his last start against the Marlins on Sunday because of neck spasms.

Acta indicated that the final cuts most likely will be made in Washington D.C. on April 4.  

Another update on Anderson Hernandez

Two days after straining his left hamstring, second baseman Anderson Hernandez was walking without a limp, but he still feels pain.

He strained the hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves at Space Coast Stadium. About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field.   

“It still hurts a little bit, but it’s not that bad,” Hernandez said. “I want to get my treatment. I hope I’m going to be good for Opening Day. Right now, I think so.”

Anderson Hernandez is hurt — update

Nationals second baseman Anderson Hernandez left Wednesday’s game against the Braves because of a left hamstring strain. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

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