Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez took the mound in the eighth inning moments ago against Round Rock. Unofficially he threw 11 pitches with eight for strikes. He struck out two, getting the final out of the inning on a pop up.
His first victim was Reggie Abercrombie who is a pretty solid Triple-A hitter. He also struck out Tommy Manzella on three pitches.
El Duque signed a minor league deal with Texas June 11 and has been working to get in pitching shape in OKC ever since. It looks like he may be able to help the Rangers at some point. His off-speed stuff was especially difficult to hit. Brian Bogusevic was the only one of the three batters he faced that made contact.