CLEVELAND: The Indians are hoping that Roberto Hernandez is a fast healer.
He sprained his right ankle Monday night backing up home plate after giving up a double, but he might not miss a start if the ankle is pain free Wednesday, when he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session.
At this stage of the season, why is it important for Hernandez to keep pitching? General Manager Chris Antonetti must decide if it’s worth exercising the $6 million option in Hernandez’s contract for next year.
“”Roberto has a little inflammation in the ankle,’’ manager Manny Acta said today. “”He feels good, but the test will be tomorrow, his side day. Lonnie (head trainer Lonnie Soloff) is optimistic.’’
Acta feels that in some ways Hernandez is a more polished pitcher than he was last season, when he posted a 7-15 record and 5.25 earned-run average.
“”He’s been in the (strike) one more than in the past,’’ the manager said. “”It’s only been three games, and I know he hasn’t been lighting it on fire. But he had that bad inning in Anaheim and didn’t self destruct. He kept his composure.’’
Hernandez gave up five runs in the second inning against the Angels but continued to pitch through the sixth, allowing up three more runs. It wasn’t great, but often in the past, he would have been unable to continue after giving up a big inning.
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