Hernandez to work out with boot but miss 7-10 days

Updated: September 19, 2007, 11:58 AM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Veteran right-hander Orlando Hernandez will wear a protective boot on his right foot for seven to 10 days.

Orlando Hernandez


Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


2007 Season Stats
24 9 5 60 124 3.75

Hernandez was hobbling around the catacombs of RFK Stadium about 90 minutes before the start of the Mets' game with the Nationals on Tuesday.

"I feel the same. I'm not feeling good. I'm not happy," said El Duque, who is sidelined with a bunion on his foot. "It's the same every day."

The Mets suffered more losses on Tuesday night. They lost the game 9-8 and outfielder Moises Alou left in the fifth inning with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle.

Alou missed more than two months this season with a strained left quadriceps before returning in late July. The Mets, trying to hold off Philadelphia for their second consecutive NL East title, have been without slugger Carlos Delgado since Sept. 5 because of a strained right hip flexor.

Alou reached on a single and slid into second base on a grounder by Shawn Green, before rising slowly and walking off the field. Lastings Milledge pinch-ran for Alou and stayed in to play right field. Endy Chavez moved from right field to left field.

"My left quad hurt -- it was a little tight. It wasn't anything to worry about," said Alou, who expects to play Wednesday. "Right now, I'm very optimistic about it. I should be fine."

The 41-year-old Alou extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning single, one shy of his career best.

Hernandez was scratched from Monday's start against Washington, but he will be able to run with the boot and toss a ball off flat ground. After Monday's game, New York general manager Omar Minaya said that Hernandez was "day-to-day," and on Tuesday, he reiterated that.

"He will be able to work out with the boot," Minaya said. "If in three or four days, he feels much better, then that boot will come off.

"Hopefully, we'll get in a situation where it's possible for him to go out and pitch," Minaya said.

Hernandez is 9-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 starts.

Also Tuesday, Brian Lawrence was designated for assignment.

Lawrence started Monday night's 12-4 loss -- the fourth straight defeat for the first-place Mets -- and allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings after New York grabbed an early 4-0 lead. He was 1-2 this season with the Mets with a 6.83 ERA in six starts.

To fill his roster spot, New York purchased the contract of veteran left-hander Dave Williams from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.