Orlando Hernandez’s bursitic shoulder is causing a pain in the neck to Met fans today.
El Duque is now on the 15–day disabled list with a sore shoulder. Hernandez flew back to New York from DC yesterday morning, after waking up sore on Sunday.
Hernandez was diagnosed with arthritis in the neck during spring training.
This shouldn’t be a big surprise to Met fans. El Duque is anywhere from 37 – 54 years old and will take several trips to the disabled list this season. If he is to be counted on in October, it’s almost mandatory he get shut down a few times.
What is surprising is that the Mets allowed their best Triple-A pitcher to start yesterday. As Loge13 regular Ron Hunt pointed out, Jorge Sosa, who has a 4-0 record and 1.13 ERA in four starts, should have been held the moment Hernandez notified the authorities that something was amiss.
Instead tonight we will witness the Met debut of Chan Ho Park. The Korean pitcher and MLB veteran has a 3-1 record and 7.29 ERA in four starts and 21 innings in Triple-A.
In February, Park signed a contract with the New York Mets in a deal valued at $3 million with a 2009 option.
Park made his Major League debut as an L.A. Dodgers pitcher in 1994 and moved to the Texas Rangers in 2002 and to the San Diego Padres in 2005.
The Marlins counter with Scott Olsen, who is 2–1 with a 6.23 ERA. We’ll be out at the Park tonight, so to speak.