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2021 Pitching

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ERA
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Strikeouts
BB
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Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 1 0 5.66 15 15 1.94

Top Junior Fernandez News

  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Shifts to 60-day injured list

    Fernandez (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    The move has no impact on Fernandez's return timeline, as he's already been ruled out for the season with a strained shoulder. It clears a spot for the team to activate Johan Quezada (lat/illness) from the 60-day injured list.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Ruled out for season

    Fernandez (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 campaign, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Fernandez landed on the 10-day injured list Friday after he exited Wednesday's nightcap with a shoulder injury, and manager Mike Shildt revealed that the right-hander won't return in 2021. The Cardinals are optimistic that Fernandez won't require surgery, although it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for the start of spring training in 2022.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: To IL with shoulder strain

    Fernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right shoulder strain.

    The move is retroactive to Sept. 2, but it could be serious enough to sideline Fernandez through the rest of the regular season. Jake Woodford was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Leaves with lat injury

    Fernandez was removed from Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds with a lat injury, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Fernandez threw 14 pitches during the second inning before departing the contest with an athletic trainer. He recorded one out while giving up a run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout. The right-hander is expected to return to St. Louis for imaging in the coming days, so he'll likely end up on the injured list.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Returns to big club

    The Cardinals recalled Fernandez from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.

    St. Louis demoted Fernandez to Memphis on Sunday, but he'll be eligible to rejoin the big club less than a week later since Jack Flaherty (shoulder) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move. Expect Fernandez to fill a low-leverage role out of the Cardinals bullpen after he submitted a 5.40 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 18.1 innings over his previous 15 appearances in the big leagues this season.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Sent to minors

    The Cardinals optioned Fernandez to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Fernandez earned the win in two-thirds of an inning of relief Thursday and now heads to Triple-A with Kwang Hyun Kim (elbow) back from the injured list. Eight of Fernandez's last nine big-league appearances have been scoreless, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him back with the Cardinals at some point this season.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Gets first win

    Fernandez (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Brewers on Thursday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

    The right-hander closed out the fifth inning for Jon Lester and then became the pitcher of record courtesy of the Cardinals' five-run rally in the home half of the frame. Fernandez has scoreless efforts in eight of his last nine appearances, a stretch that's helped lower his ERA nearly three full runs from 8.38 to 5.40.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Recalled by Cardinals

    Fernandez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.

    Fernandez was sent down shortly after the All-Star break, and he posted an 8.00 ERA and 2.22 WHIP in nine innings across eight relief appearances in the minors since then. He'll offer a low-leverage relief option after Justin Miller was placed on the 10-day injured list with right ulnar nerve irritation Wednesday.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Optioned to Memphis

    Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

    Fernandez has thrown 17.2 innings at the big-league level this season but has failed to find much success. He's posted a 5.60 ERA and 1.98 WHIP, striking out 11 batters while walking 13. Johan Oviedo was recalled in a corresponding move and will start Tuesday against the Cubs.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Positive start to second half

    Fernandez fired a scoreless ninth inning in a loss to the Giants on Friday, allowing a hit and a walk.

    The right-hander bounced back nicely from a rocky appearance July 9, when he gave up two earned runs over two-thirds of an inning to the Cubs. Fernandez has otherwise been very sharp since mid-June, with Friday's scoreless effort his seventh in his last eight trips to the mound.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Impressive stretch continues Sunday

    Fernandez fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and a walk while recording two strikeouts in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

    The right-hander now has five consecutive scoreless appearances following a brief rough patch where he allowed six earned runs over a pair of early-June outings. Fernandez has managed to coax his ERA and WHIP back down to 5.28 and 1.96, respectively, during that sample, and manager Mike Shildt continues to afford him a fairly consistent workload that nevertheless has yet to yield a hold opportunity.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Going through rough patch

    Fernandez has allowed six earned runs on eight hits while recording three strikeouts over the two innings covering his last two appearances.

    The right-hander has seen his ERA and WHIP quickly balloon up to 8.38 and 1.97, respectively, due to the pair of rocky outings. Fernandez had fired 6.2 perfect fames across three appearances leading into his current struggles, however, so there's certainly reason to believe he can bounce back from his current downturn.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Effective in majors return

    Fernandez fired two scoreless innings during which he issued two walks but allowed no hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    The right-hander fired 25 pitches during his outing, which afforded the rest of the Cardinals bullpen some rest in the latter portion of the lopsided loss. Fernandez is likely to continue mainly drawing multi-inning assignments while up with the big-league club.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Recalled by Cardinals

    Fernandez was recalled by the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Fernandez was sent down Friday, but he'll return to the major-league bullpen just one day later. Right-hander Johan Oviedo was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Optioned to Triple-A

    Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

    Fernandez was recalled by the Cardinals on Sunday and made just one relief appearance during his time with the major-league club. During that outing, he allowed three hits and no walks while striking out one in 2.2 scoreless innings. Right-hander Johan Oviedo was recalled by St. Louis in a corresponding move.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Returns to majors

    Fernandez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

    The 24-year-old was sent to the minors Tuesday but will rejoin the Cardinals with Miles Mikolas (forearm) heading back to the injured list. Fernandez surrendered three runs over one inning during his lone appearance of the season.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Optioned to Triple-A

    Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

    Fernandez spent just three days on the big-league roster, allowing three runs in one inning of work in his lone appearance. He'll make way for Daniel Ponce de Leon (shoulder), who returns from the injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Hit hard in '21 debut

    Fernandez, recalled by the Cardinals earlier in the day, allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks over one inning in relief in a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

    Fernandez got only 12 of 28 pitches into the strike zone during an arduous fifth inning against a hot-hitting Padres squad. The 24-year-old hasn't seen any real success against big-league bats since 2019, as he also pitched to an 18.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP during a brief three-appearance, three-inning majors stint in 2020. Needless to say, Fernandez figures in for only low-leverage scenarios during his current tenure with the Cardinals.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Called up by Cardinals

    Fernandez was recalled by St. Louis on Saturday.

    Fernandez is a 24-year-old with some potential as a possible future high-leverage reliever, but he hasn't been particularly effective in 14.2 innings at the highest level over the last two seasons. He likely deserves better than his 7.98 ERA, but his combination of a 25.7 percent strikeout rate, 11.4 percent walk rate and 45.0 percent groundball rate hardly turns heads. That should limit him to lower-leverage opportunities for now. Johan Oviedo was optioned in a corresponding move.

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  • Cardinals' Junior Fernandez: Sent to minor-league camp

    Fernandez was optioned to minor-league camp by the Cardinals on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old was competing for a spot in the St. Louis bullpen, but he was unable to crack the Opening Day roster after surrendering three runs on five hits in two appearances this spring. Fernandez has a 7.98 ERA over 14.2 big-league innings in his career and should begin the 2021 campaign with Triple-A Memphis.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Age: 24
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R