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Livo back home in Viera

Feb 26, 2010, 10:48 PM EST


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Livan Hernandez was all smiles on his first day back with the Nats.

VIERA, Fla. — Livan Hernandez has always been one to march to his own beat. While other pitchers spend the winter working out and throwing on a regular schedule, he's always been content to show up to spring training cold and just jump right into the fray.

That approach may rub some people in the game the wrong way, and it may have been a contributing factor in his still being unemployed as of three days ago. But it's always worked for Hernandez, and those who know him well trust that he knows what he's doing.

The Nationals have long trusted Hernandez to take care of himself, so no one was upset to see the big right-hander show up in camp today with a big grin on his face but no offseason throwing program to speak of. Indeed, the last time he threw off a mound was October 2 in Atlanta, a Nats victory over the Braves.

And if you watched him throw in the bullpen today, you'd have never known the layoff was so long. Livo looked like … well, like Livo. Easy, smooth delivery. No wasted effort. Hitting his target with little
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  1. Grandstander - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Good to have you back, Livo!

  2. natsfan1a - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Look at that smile! Welcome back, big guy!

  3. Andrew - Feb 27, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    I like the audio of Livan! Thanks!

  4. Jim - Feb 27, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Mark, these are great stories that you're posting. Much appreciated.

  5. Ed - Feb 27, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    Always been a big Livo fan. The fact is right now, we need him … again.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    He is not called "Mr National" for nothing…he started our first game ever and our first home game. I, for one, have an emotional attachment to him and Livo was not the only one "devastated" when he was shipped to AZ in '06 (though he was struggling that year, far off his '05 form)…me too. I think I turned off the game the second I heard that news back on '06.

  7. SpringfieldFan - Feb 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    You're the best, Livo. I can't wait to see your next start.

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