El Duque begins his comeback as a 44-year-old in rookie ball

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Fresh off being sued for $900,000 over a business deal gone wrong, Orlando Hernandez began his comeback last night by throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Signed to a minor-league contract by the Nationals three weeks ago, the 44-year-old Hernandez allowed one run on two hits in what was his first game action since pitching at Triple-A for the Rangers last season.
His brother Livan Hernandez is thriving in the Nationals’ rotation after years of horrible pitching, but El Duque is unlikely to join him in Washington. He hasn’t faced big-league hitters since 2007 with the Mets and Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Jesse Orosco, David Wells, and John Franco are the only pitchers to spend time in the majors at age 44 or older during the past 25 seasons.

Padres close to acquiring Freddy Galvis from the Phillies

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Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says that the San Diego Padres are in “serious” talks with the Phillies to acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis. He said that a deal could happen today, in fact.

Galvis, 28, is a superior defensive shortstop. He hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals over 162 games in 2017. Which, while not good, is pretty much as good as he gets on offense and works well enough given his glove and given how durable he has proven to be.

No word on what the Phillies would get back for Galvis, but 2013 first rounder J.P. Crawford is clearly the Phillies’ shortstop of the future. Crawford, who was called up and played in 23 games in 2017, has great range and an MLB ready glove. He has some holes in his swing but some pop too, so there’s no reason for Philly not to install him at short now.