Nationals lock up veteran Livan Hernandez for 2011

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According to the Nationals’ official Twitter page, the Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez.

The money involved has not been revealed just yet, but it seems like a wise move with the information that we do know.  Hernandez, 35, has posted a 3.49 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a 9-9 record this season on a bad Nationals team.  His 91 strikeouts and 55 walks aren’t blowing anybody away, but he’s registered two complete games and one shutout.

Hernandez is the consummate innings-eater.  He’s tallied at least 175 innings in each of the last 12 seasons and is likely to reach the 200-inning plateau this year.

The Nats will be without Stephen Strasburg in 2011 due to Tommy John surgery.  They did well to secure at least one reliable starter for next season.

Blake Wood has a damaged UCL

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Wood will seek further opinions before a course of treatment is decided. Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Wood, 32, had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire and has been on the disabled list since April 22. Prior to the injury, Wood compiled a 2.31 ERA with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

Keynan Middleton recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL, so it’s not been a great time to be a member of the Angels’ bullpen.