Hernandez to undergo knee surgery

Hernandez to undergo knee surgery

MIAMI -- Right-hander Livan Hernandez will undergo surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee next Wednesday. His surgeon, Dr. John Uribe, also operated on the shoulder of White Sox starter Orlando Hernandez, Livan's half-brother.

"Uribe is one of the best. He is from Miami, and it's more easy for me to rehab in Miami," said Hernandez, who lives in the area.

Hernandez has been experiencing knee problems since May 15, but he never went on the disabled list. In fact, he is expected to make his final start, on Friday against the Phillies.

The pain in his knee has forced him to change his pitching mechanics, and prevents him from bending his body when throwing.

"It was difficult, but I was still throwing," he said. "I still threw 230-something innings. A lot of people wouldn't do that. They would have quit in the middle of the year. I can handle it, and I'll be ready for next year. I'm going to try to be perfect. I want to be able to have my mechanics right."

Hernandez is 15-9 with a 3.95 ERA for the Nationals.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.