El Duque makes season debut in Minors

El Duque makes season debut in Minors

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Orlando Hernandez made his season debut for the Gulf Cost Nationals on Wednesday. He pitched an inning and allowed a run on two hits as they defeated the Marlins, 3-2.

It was Hernandez's first professional appearance since 2009 when he was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma, the Rangers affiliate.

Hernandez, who is known as El Duque, is in his second tenure with the organization. On Jan. 15, 2003, Hernandez was part of a three-team trade that sent him from the Yankees to the Expos. However, he never played a Major League game for the Expos. After pitching one Spring Training game, Hernandez went on the disabled list and then had rotator cuff surgery.

Hernandez, 44, is 90-65 with a 3.72 ERA in nine big league seasons. He is best known for his years with the Yankees. He helped them win three consecutive World Series titles from 1998 to 2000. He also helped the White Sox win a World Series in 2005. Hernandez's best season was in 1999, when he went 19-7 with a 4.12 ERA for New York.