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Hernandez throws 35 pitches in bid to return

Updated: February 15, 2004, 4:57 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Orlando Hernandez worked out Thursday in front of scouts for about 20 major league teams, and the free-agent pitcher said he's nearing a full recovery from shoulder surgery.

El Duque, who missed all of last season, threw 35 pitches at the University of Miami.

"I'm not 100 percent, but by spring training I should be 100 percent," Hernandez said through an interpreter. "I'm at about 85 percent. I've been coming back quicker and quicker every day."

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