Hernandez likely to DL , B-Rob/Bell OK
Wednesday’s win came with a price, as David Hernandez exited the clubhouse on crutches with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. Hernandez said he was told it would be 10-14 days, making a scenario where he avoids the disabled list very unlikely.
He will be reexamined tomorrow, but head athletic trainer Richie Bancells said that the tendon that’s the most sore is one that is a slow healer. So, it’s not looking good. Hernandez suffered the injury trying to protect home plate on a wild pitch and didn’t feel his heel roll, but felt something off. He can put pressure on it, but was told not to.
Obviously this is a big blow to an O’s bullpen that was just starting to look like it had regained even footing. Buck Showalter said he has already talked to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about a potential roster move, so you can bet that the O’s will have some movement (maybe Armando Gabino- but he’s not on the 40-man) should Hernandez go to the DL.
On a brighter note, Josh Bell (left hamstring cramp) and Brian Roberts appear to be OK and both said they would play on Thursday. Roberts was ruled to have a left shin bruise and said it had nothing to do with his back. Phew.