Hernandez's appeal of 10-game suspension denied

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Royals right-hander Runelvys Hernandez had the appeal of his 10-game suspension denied.

Hernandez had appealed the suspension imposed by Bob Watson, baseball's head disciplinarian, for a beanball incident on July 17 at Detroit that led to a dugout-clearing brawl. Hernandez hit three batters, including Carlos Guillen in the head.

Hernandez is on the 15-day disabled list with back and shoulder problems and is eligible to be activated on Sept. 6, when the suspension will begin. Manager Buddy Bell said Thursday that Hernandez would not be eligible to pitch for the Royals until Sept. 17 at Cleveland.

"They did not take any of the time or fine away," Bell said. "He's got to serve the full 10 games."

Hernandez said his agent called him Thursday with the hearing results. He said he was not upset about losing his appeal.

"I was hoping they'd drop it down," Hernandez said. "I have to serve my full suspension. I didn't hit Carlos on purpose."

Hernandez saw Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday in Los Angeles to have his shoulder examined and rejoined the club Thursday. Hernandez left his previous start -- Aug. 21 at Oakland -- after two innings with soreness in his lower back and was placed on disabled list Aug. 26, retroactive to Aug. 22.

"My back feels really good," Hernandez said.

He said his shoulder was never a concern.

Hernandez played long toss with trainer Nick Swartz before the game.

"Dr. Yocum cleared him to pitch," Bell said.

Hernandez, who missed last season after having elbow surgery at the end of the 2003 season, is 8-11 with a 5.03 ERA in 25 starts.

"Right now he has no restrictions," Swartz said. "He went out there to have Dr. Yocum look at his throwing shoulder. He had an MRI in Kansas City and Dr. Yocum looked at the MRI results and gave Runelvys a clinical exam. There was no findings to stop Runelvys from throwing right now."