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Yanks’ Hernandez Has Arm Injury

March 9, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Orlando Hernandez will have a precautionary MRI after being pulled from his start Friday after two innings because of right forearm stiffness.

Hernandez was examined by team physicians Stuart Hershon and Allen Miller. X-rays were negative.

``Right now, I’m not particularly concerned from the information I’ve heard,″ New York general manager Brian Cashman said.

Hernandez reported the problem after allowing one hit and striking out three in scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

``I was going to go back out and they told me not to,″ Hernandez said through an interpreter. ``It’s spring training and I don’t want to take any risks.″

Hernandez was making his second start of the spring and was pitching on three days’ rest to get the Yankees’ rotation back on schedule.

His first scheduled appearance, on March against Pittsburgh, was rained out. He started the following day and worked pitched scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves.

El Duque blamed the stiffness on all the throwing he’s done during spring training.

``Probably, I would have thrown on four days’ rest and I would have felt it anyway,″ he said. ``We’ll see how things progress. If everything goes well, then I’ll pitch my next turn.″

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