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David Hernandez: Another Major League Debut on Thursday

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  David Hernandez #63 of the Baltimore Orioles poses during photo day at the Orioles spring training complex on February 23, 2009 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Randy LermanContributor IMay 28, 2009

With the current Orioles injury situation on their pitching staff, they needed someone to fill the slot of Koji Uehrara, who is out with a hamstring injury. The O's decided to dip down in to the minor leagues once again and promote David Hernandez from Triple-A Norfolk. Hernandez, 23, had a 3-1 record in Norfolk to go along with a 2.91 ERA.

Hernandez is known to be a strikeout pitcher, who struck out 14 batters his last start in the minors. This is the latest addition by a team that I previously stated has lots of pitching depth down in the minors. The fact of the matter is that these are not just journeyman pitchers, but pitchers who are young and demonstrating skills at the minor league level.

Overall, I now feel like maybe the Orioles can start making some noise in the crazy AL East division. As it stands before play starts today, the O's have a 21-26 record; only 5 games under the mark of .500. Nolan Reimold came through in a huge way for them yesterday hitting a walk off three run HR which propelled Baltimore to victory in extra innings. For a fan like myself, this youth movement is becoming exciting to watch, and it will only get better.

With Matt Wieters' debut looming, the Orioles will be fielding a rotation with three rookies (a rookie C, a rookie LF, and a second year CF). The future and even remainder of this season is looking bright for Baltimore. Finishing at .500 is entirely possible as this young team mixed with its share of veteran leadership learns to play together and mature.

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