DENVER -- Livan Hernandez will come back on short rest to start Wednesday night against the Mets.
Hernandez, who threw six innings yesterday in the opener of the doubleheader against the Rockies, went to Jim Riggleman and offered to return on three days' rest. The manager was already thinking about asking the veteran right-hander if he'd be willing to do it.
"He's a smart guy," Riggleman said. "He said, 'Hey, you're probably going to need a pitcher Wednesday. Let me pitch that day.' We picked him and he volunteered for it at the same time."
Hernandez, who has thrown more pitches over the last decade than anyone else in baseball, shrugged it off, saying his 100-pitch outing yesterday barely caused a strain on his arm.
"Yeah, I'll do it," he said. "A hundred's nothing. I threw 85 in the bullpen [warming up before the game]."
Meanwhile, Adam Dunn is out of the lineup today because he's suffering from flu-like symptoms. Riggleman said the slugger showed up to the ballpark feeling nauseous, so he's being held out. The manager would have started him at first base otherwise, even against Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis.
"I don't like to give anybody with power off in Colorado, especially after he hit a couple of home runs yesterday," Riggleman said. "If he was available, he'd be in there."
Speaking of those two homers in yesterday's doubleheader, here's an amazing fact: Dunn claims he broke his bat on the first one. Yeah, the one off Ubaldo Jimenez that traveled 442 feet and landed in the third deck down the right-field line.
How exactly was it possible to hit a ball that far with a broken bat?
Responded Dunn: "I guess I got the only one that wasn't in the humidor."