Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will likely take the mound in a game for the first time since he signed a minor league deal with Texas two weeks ago.
The 43-year-old Hernandez threw a short bullpen session Tuesday night and said he felt good afterward. Hernandez has also pitched several live BP sessions in recent days.
Hernandez said he was told by Rangers officials Wednesday’s 11:05 a.m. game with Round Rock would be his first appearance. He said he hasn’t been working on any one pitch, but focusing on his control. If he does throw in today’s game in a relief role, expect a very tight pitch count.
Hernandez projects as a reliever for the Rangers but could also enter the starting rotation has he builds his stamina. He didn’t pitch last season with the Mets thanks to a string of injuries.