After a perfect eighth inning Wednesday, Hernandez has retired all 14 batters that he's faced so far this season.
Hernandez has been hard to hit both in the majors on the minors, but in 33 innings at Double-A Pensacola he has walked 20 batters, suggesting that despite his great debut, there's still more refining necessary. Nonetheless, he has a live enough arm that it's not hard to project he could be helpful in a late-inning relief role.
Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Monday.
Hernandez will be summoned from the minor leagues to fill the void left by Zack Cozart (quadriceps) and Bronson Arroyo (shoulder) heading to the disabled list. The 25-year-old right-hander has been stellar out of the Blue Wahoos' bullpen, producing a 2.18 ERA while striking out 39 batters in 33 innings. However, he continues to struggle with control, and given the other proven options in Cincinnati's pitching staff, it's hard to see him being anything more than a middle reliever during this cup of coffee with the major-league club.
Hernandez was optioned to Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
As expected, the 25-year-old's stint with the Reds was a brief one, as he made just one appearance before being optioned back to Pensacola. Hernandez struck out five and didn't allow a hit through 2.2 innings in his lone outing, and could see another call-up in 2017 if he continues to display impressive stuff. Barrett Astin was recalled to offer another bullpen arm in a corresponding move.
Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Sunday.
Hernandez, 25, was dominant over his first seven relief appearances of the season with Pensacola, conceding just one run over eight innings while striking out 14 batters. Despite his success at the Double-A level, it's likely Hernandez's stay with the Reds will be brief, as the team likely just brought him aboard to give the bullpen another fresh arm after starting pitcher Cody Reed lasted just two innings Saturday against the Cubs. Don't expect Hernandez to see any work in high-leverage situations during his first taste of the majors.
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