Hernandez allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Hernandez returned to the lineup after spending time on the injured list due to a shoulder injury. He thrived as a reliever during the second half of 2019 and was expected to be an important setup piece in 2020, but COVID-19 got in the way. A starter in the minors, Hernandez could have served in that role for a team that needed starters. His role for 2021 depends on how the left-hander finishes 2020 and Boston's offseason roster construction.
Hernandez (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. The young left-hander has been sidelined by the sprained SC joint in his shoulder since late August, but he'll rejoin the Red Sox with just over a week left in the season. Hernandez has appeared in only three games this season and has yet to allow a run with seven strikeouts and three walks over 4.2 innings.
Hernandez (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could return to game action in the near future, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports. Hernandez landed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained SC joint Aug. 31, but he could return to the major-league bullpen soon if he feels good following his throwing session. The southpaw pitched effectively over a limited sample prior to his injury, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings with a 1.29 WHIP and 7:3 K:BB across three appearances.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke believes Hernandez (shoulder) will return to pitch this season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. The Red Sox placed Hernandez on the injured list Aug. 31 with a sprained SC joint. "I think he'll pitch again this season," Roenicke said Saturday. "We need to be smart about it. And if we don't think he's ready and he's right, we won't do it." Hernandez was scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday after beginning a throwing program earlier in the week. The Red Sox will evaluate the results of the bullpen session and make a decision about Hernandez going forward.
Hernandez (shoulder) resumed playing catch last week and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Philadelphia, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Hernandez was diagnosed with a sprained SC joint in his left shoulder and was subsequently placed on the injured list Aug. 31, but the Red Sox never seemed to fear he would be in store for a lengthy absence. However, Hernandez had seen his velocity decline a couple ticks in his final relief appearance prior to being shut down, so the Red Sox may need to see him make progress on that front in his subsequent throwing sessions before the team considers activating him. Boston had planned to give Hernandez a look as a starter at some point in the second half of the season, but the injury may put those plans on hold until 2021.