Conventional wisdom was the fifth starter job would go to Orlando Hernandez if he were healthy, but despite a strong outing in Friday’s exhibition against Baltimore and feeling good the next day, Hernandez said he wasn’t ready.
“I feel I can pitch in the major leagues, but I think it would be better if I had two or three more starts to get more comfortable with my feet,” Hernandez said. “I think this is what’s best for the team.”
GM Omar Minaya said there is no time table, but left little doubt a healthy Hernandez wouldn’t have to wait long.
Hernandez said he’s not feeling pain in his right foot with his new wind-up, but he’s not comfortable with it.