Hernandez's release was spurred on by his 1-2 record and 5.62 Spring Training ERA over five starts with the Astros, but the Braves are taking a chance a 16-year veteran who has never been on the disabled list. He has also led the majors in innings pitched and games started twice.
Hernandez had signed a free agent contract with the Astros on Jan. 31. He went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA with the Washington Nationals last season.
For the moment, it seems Hernandez will join the Braves' starting rotation, which needs a spot filled until Tim Hudson returns from his November back surgery. After that, it seems at least likely that he could join the bullpen as a long reliever.
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