My friend Seamus directed me to ESPN.com where there is a report that there is a strong possibility that El Duque, Orlando Hernandez may start on Sunday versus the Devil Rays. This would be his first appearance in the majors since 2002 with the Yankees.
I felt he never should have left. After the 2002 season, he was dealt to Montreal. I was sad to see him go. After failing to pitch a game for them, he made his way back to the Bronx. I was happy to have him back.
Duque was clutch. Clutch clutch. 10-2 with 2.51 ERA in the postseason in 16 games (13 starts) clutch. Even in 2002, his last year with the Yankees, when we lost the division series to eventual champion Anaheim – he was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA. He won both games we won.
I’m excited to see how he does. Could he turn it on? Make a run at comeback player of the year? A far fetched dream for sure, but I’m happy to see him so close to being out there again.