Fernandez (13-7) threw seven scoreless innings and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out nine and earning the win against the Royals on Wednesday.
Fernandez bounced back from his shortest outing of the season his last time out, dominating the Royals on Wednesday. With the start, Fernandez snapped out of a recent rough stretch in which he posted a 6.00 ERA over his last four starts, dropping his ERA to 2.91 on the season. Fernandez continues to mow down hitters at a historic rate, and his 12.9 K:9 rate would be the third best single-season K:9 rate among qualifying starting pitchers in MLB history. Fernandez will take the hill next against the Mets on Monday.
Benintendi sustained the injury after being tagged out on the base paths. There is currently no timeframe for how long he will be sidelined, as he needs to be evaluated further. Brock Holt and Chris Young will serve as immediate replacements in left field while Benintendi is sidelined.
Hamlett must be impressing his coaches in practice because the 24-year-old has yet to catch a pass in the preseason. Gary Barnidge still figures to receive the majority of playing time for Hue Jackson's offense, but Hamlett's promotion is notable, especially if Barnidge goes down with an injury.
Benintendi was forced out of Wednesday's matchup with the Rays after injuring his left ankle, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Benintendi rolled his left ankle after getting tagged out on the base path. The significance of the injury is unknown, but he was not able to continue in the contest. Expect an update on his status when more information is made available.
Clemens (2-3) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out six Cubs in Wednesday's loss.
Clemens five runs allowed Wednesday were the most he's given up in an outing this year. That was offset somewhat by a season-best six strikeouts and no walks, but ultimately the 28-year-old wasn't much of a match for the Cubs talented lineup. Since debuting with the Padres on July 4, Clemens is 1-3 with a 6.47 ERA. Needless to say, the righty is best left on the wire under a majority of formats.
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