Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

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Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done.

Hernandez last pitched out of the bullpen for the Braves and Brewers in 2012, posting a combined 6.42 ERA in 67 1/3 innings. Over his career, though, Hernandez was known as a workhorse, logging at least 200 innings in eight straight seasons from 2000-07.

No word on if the Nats plan to have Hernandez teach Stephen Strasburg how to throw an eephus (skip 30 seconds in the video below).

Scott Feldman underwent season-ending knee surgery

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that starter Scott Feldman underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation on Friday.

Feldman, 34, made 21 starts this season, posting a 4.77 ERA with a 93/35 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He’s a free agent after the season but may have to settle for a minor league deal going into 2018 given his age and recent injury woes.

MLB to implement code of conduct for fans next year

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Following an embarrassing scene at Fenway Park earlier this year in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted with racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him, Major League Baseball will implement a universal code of conduct for fans at major league ballparks starting next season, ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, “We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks. We will be issuing a league-wide fan code of conduct for the 2018 season.”

As Lauber notes, every team has its own code of conduct but some are more thorough than others. The Red Sox added “hate speech” to their code of conduct after the Jones incident and Major League Baseball, unsurprisingly, wants to make sure fans at every ballpark are clear on what behaviors will and will not be tolerated.

Since the Jones incident, Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to be more inclusive, though Kennedy clarified that “there’s not been any directive or mandate.”