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).

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.