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Livan set for Spring Training, still unsure of role

Livan set for Spring Training, still unsure of role

VIERA, Fla. -- Former Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez reported to camp on Thursday, but he still doesn't know what his role will be in the organization. He hopes to know in the next couple of days.

During NatsFest, general manager Mike Rizzo said that the Nats are looking to hire Hernandez in some capacity.

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"[Hernandez] brings a lot to the table," Rizzo said. "First of all, he is loved by everybody -- ownership, front office, the general manager loves him, all the players love him, and he has a wealth of knowledge that he can impart on a young pitching staff.

"I like having him around. His attitude is infectious, his knowledge is great. If the pitchers are smart, they will hang around Livo enough and get some finer points to be a Major League pitcher."

Hernandez, 38, is arguably the most popular pitcher in Nationals history. He was a workhorse during his time with the Expos and Nas. He was often among the league leaders in innings pitched and was considered the leader of the pitching staff. Hernandez also has the distinction of throwing the first pitch in Nationals history and making an All-Star appearance with the club in 2005.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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