Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Livan Hernandez after a single that knocked Hernandez out of the game at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Braves Release Livan Hernandez

The Atlanta Braves gave Livan Hernandez a shot, but Hernandez's time -- at least with Atlanta -- is up.

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Braves Release Livan Hernandez

Veteran righthander Livan Hernandez, who was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves last week, has now been unconditionally released, according to the team’s transactions page.

In the above link regarding the DFA, it was noted that Hernandez wants to keep pitching:

Hernandez, who signed with the Braves after being released by the Astros in March, does not plan to retire. He had never previously worked as a reliever before signing with Atlanta.

Hernandez wasn’t great in his 19 relief appearances for the Braves, posting a 4.94 ERA and 1.548 WHIP in 31 innings, in which he allowed 40 hits. He wasn’t great last year as a starter for the Nationals, either; his 86 ERA+ was decidedly below average.

Yet, there are teams out there pretty desperate for starting pitching (hello, Blue Jays?), and so it seems likely that Livan Hernandez, who is (at least) 37 years old and who was a teammate of Andre Dawson when he made his MLB debut with the Marlins in 1996, will find work somewhere.

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Livan Hernandez Designated For Assignment

In January of this year, Livan Hernandez signed a contract with the Houston Astros. In March of this year, Livan Hernandez was dumped by the Houston Astros, and added by the Atlanta Braves. In June of this year -- today! -- Livan Hernandez has been dumped by the Atlanta Braves. Rough year for Livan Hernandez, or, popular year for Livan Hernandez.

Hernandez had been working as a long man in the bullpen, and in his most recent go, he retired five batters and allowed five runs. In his previous appearance, he retired nine batters and allowed four runs. For the season, his ERA stands at 4.94 and he's got nearly five times as many strikeouts as unintentional walks, but Livan Hernandez is Livan Hernandez forever and always, and now the Braves are going younger.

Hernandez is 37, and he'll probably get another job on account of an agreement he has with the commissioner's office stating that Hernandez is never to be unemployed for more than six months at a time. He has an age, but he's ageless, and someone will probably fall for his veteranness and loopy curveball. But you know what really sucks? Packing. Right now, Livan Hernandez has to pack.

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