DENVER -- On a grease board in the Rockies clubhouse, this message was written: "Happy Birthday, Ramon. #49."
"I don't feel old," said catcher Ramon Hernandez, who actually turned 36 on Sunday. When the Rockies conclude the homestand Sunday, they are flying to Miami. And since Hernandez lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that meant he would be able get home to enjoy some of his birthday with his wife their three children and have a late birthday celebration.
"Maybe a little bit," Hernandez said, chuckling. "It's lucky we're going to Florida."
Hernandez has been dealing with tendinitis in his left hand that has affected his ability to grip a bat. He was behind the plate Thursday and caught all 222 pitches thrown by the Rockies in a 9-7 loss to the D-backs that lasted four hours.
Manager Jim Tracy said he saw Hernandez the following day and they agreed to let him rest for a few days. Catcher Wilin Rosario started his third consecutive game Sunday, the first time he has done that this season.