The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez. The 13-year major league veteran, designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins on August 1, was claimed off waivers by the Rockies and will be added to the roster. The club will announce a roster move when he joins the team. He will wear No. 61.
Hernandez, 33, went 10-8 with a 5.48 ERA (139.2 ip, 85 er) in 23 starts for the Twins this season. He last pitched on July 30 vs. the White Sox, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits in 4.0 innings pitched. Hernandez signed with Minnesota as a free agent on February 25, 2008, and made his first start in the American League on Opening Day, March 31, vs. the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander began the season 3-0 with an ERA of 2.57 (21.0 ip, 6 er) in his first three starts.
In 13 major league seasons and 374 games/373 starts with Florida (1996-99), San Francisco (1999-2002), Montreal/Washington (2003-2006), Arizona (2006-07) and Minnesota (2008), Hernandez is 144-136 with a 4.32 ERA (2510.2 ip, 1204 er). He is one of just 14 active pitchers in the majors to have reached at least 350 starts in his career (374). Hernandez ranks 12th among active pitchers in innings pitched, 13th in starts, 14th in wins, and 17th in strikeouts. Additionally, his 45 complete games rank 8th among active pitchers (he has two this season).
The veteran right-hander was an All-Star in 2004 and 2005 while pitching for the Montreal/Washington franchise. In 2000, he established a career high with 17 wins for the Giants. Also, in 2004, he won the Silver Slugger Award, hitting .247 (20-for-81) with seven doubles, a home run and 10 RBI. He is a career .233 (184-for-791) hitter with 9 home runs and 74 RBI.
Hernandez owns a lifetime 7-3 record with a 3.97 ERA (68.0 ip, 30 er) in 12 games/10 starts during the postseason. He was named the 1997 World Series MVP while playing for the World Champion Marlins. Hernandez appeared in the postseason with Arizona last year, going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (11.2 ip, 5 er). He earned the win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Chicago and received the loss in Game 3 of the 2007 National League Championship Series vs. the Rockies at Coors Field.
Hernandez has faced all 30 teams in the majors during his career. He is 3-4 with a 6.50 ERA (81.2 ip, 59 er) in 13 career starts at Coors Field. He has pitched at least 6.2 innings in each of his last 6 starts at the Rockies’ home venue, going 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA (41.1 ip, 16 er) with one home run allowed in those games.