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El Duque Possibly Hurt

In what has been a very quiet start to camp the silence is now being broken. At issue is a possible injury to number two starter Orlando Hernandez who has flown to New York to have his neck examined. Apparently he’s been feeling some discomfort in the neck, which he did last year but didn’t miss any starts because of it. GM Omar Minaya said the exam is preventative and he thinks it’s just some early spring stiffness.

These kinds of things happen all the time in camp and though it’s usually not a big deal the Mets need to be extremely careful here. The rotation is very thin on established talent, especially with Pedro Martinez on the shelf for the early part of the season, so any starter missing time could impact the rotation significantly.

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