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Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Will start in minors
Hernandez is expected to start the opener for Triple-A Worcester, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
The Red Sox optioned Hernandez to the WooSox on Saturday in a surprising move, as the left-hander appeared to be ticketed for a bullpen role in Boston. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Hernandez is expected to throw two-to-three innings per start with the goal to iron out his control, which has been an issue in the majors and minors -- he's consistently posted high BB/9 numbers, including a 7.0 mark for Boston in 2021. The belief is that he can put in work between starts with pitching coach Paul Abbott and become more consistent spotting his pitches. "We want him to throw fastballs up and breaking balls down and be consistent with that," Cora said. "And the more strikes he throws and when he throws the fastball up, there's no damage." Long term, the Red Sox still view Hernandez as a reliever, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com, but they want him not only in the zone, but in proper spots within the zone.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Optioned to Triple-A
Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Saturday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez had looked like he had a good shot to break camp in the big-league bullpen and was reportedly preparing to handle a multi-inning role. He'll instead head to the minors for now, presumably to work on his control. He's struck out 33.6 percent of opposing batters through 78.2 career major-league innings, but his 17.6 percent walk rate is far too high.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Set for bulk role
Hernandez is being stretched out for a multi-inning relief role this spring, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Hernandez is expected to throw three innings in his next outing, though he's combined to throw only 2.1 innings across his first two spring appearances. A multi-frame relief role would be new for him, as he recorded more than three outs in only five of his 48 appearances in 2021. In order to successfully work longer outings, Hernandez would almost certainly have to improve upon his control, as he's walked 65 batters across 78.2 career innings.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Joins roster for ALCS
Hernandez was added to the Red Sox's roster Friday ahead of the ALCS against the Astros, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Hernandez wasn't in Boston's plans for the Wild Card Game or the ALDS, but he'll have the chance to make his postseason debut this round. The Red Sox may have decided they needed one more left-hander in the bullpen, or he may simply have been the team's next-best reliever with Garrett Richards out with a hamstring injury and Matt Barnes not trusted with a roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Misses wild-card squad
Hernandez will not be part of the Red Sox's wild-card roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Hernandez worked around a 17.0 percent walk rate this season to finish with a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings of work. He closed the season well, allowing runs in just one of his last 11 appearances, but he evidently isn't trusted enough to pitch in the highest-stakes game of the year thus far.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Activated by Boston
Hernandez (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Hernandez began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday and allowed no hits and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless inning during his lone appearance. The southpaw had been on the IL since July 31 but will be available out of Boston's bullpen for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Begins rehab assignment
Hernandez (oblique) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Hernandez hit the injured list with a right oblique strain at the end of July. Given that he's been out for over a month, he'll likely need a small handful of rehab appearances before being activated.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Scheduled for bullpen
Hernandez (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.
The bullpen session is dependent on the weather, as New England is in the path of tropical storm Henri, which has already forced the cancellation of the Red Sox-Rangers game Sunday. Hernandez, who has not played his July 29, would be a significant addition to the bullpen, which has not been good recently, posting a 6.53 ERA over the last 14 days.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Throwing from 80 feet
Hernandez (oblique) is playing catch from 80 feet, and manager Alex Cora characterized the left-hander's progression as "slow," Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez resumed his throwing program after an MRI came back clean in early August, though he's not progressing quickly in his recovery from a strained right oblique. The 24-year-old remains without a timeline for his return but appears unlikely to be activated within the next couple weeks.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: MRI comes back clean
Hernandez underwent an MRI recently that confirmed his initial diagnosis of a right oblique strain, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Hernandez was feeling worse than when he went on the injured list Saturday, but the results of his examinations revealed good news. The southpaw's pain will have to subside before he's cleared to resume throwing, and a timetable for his return hasn't yet been established.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Needs MRI on oblique
Hernandez (oblique) will have an MRI on Tuesday or Wednesday, as his injury is more serious than originally thought, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
The Red Sox initially thought Hernandez would be able to return quickly from the injured list, but he's in more pain now, so they will run some tests. Pitchers can end up missing significant time with serious oblique strains, so he should be considered out indefinitely for now.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Lands on IL
Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a strained right oblique, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
The lefty will miss an indefinite amount of time with the oblique injury, which he presumably suffered during Thursday's game against the Blue Jays. Four consecutive scoreless appearances have lowered Hernandez's ERA to 3.44 on the season, although his 1.50 WHIP remains unspectacular. Newly acquired relievers Hansel Robles and Austin Davis were activated to replace Hernandez and Connor Wong on the 26-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Fails to procure an out
Hernandez allowed four runs on two hits and two walks without retiring a batter in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Yankees.
Hernandez made a bad night worse when he entered a 3-0 game in the seventh inning. A single, a two-run home run and two walks later, Hernandez was off the mound. Brandon Workman made the night even worse, walking three straight -- two with the bases loaded -- and the rout was on. Hernandez had been on a good roll prior to Sunday's contest; he had allowed just three runs over 18.1 innings to finish out the first half. There's still an issue with walks (7.5 BB/9 for the season), but he'd done a much better job in that regard since early June (3.8 BB/9 over 12 innings).... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Earns win in extra innings
Hernandez (2-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, retiring all four batters he faced to win the game Tuesday over the Rays.
Hernandez failed to record a strikeout, but he still didn't allow a baserunner besides the runner that started on second. He finished out the 11th inning after the Red Sox put up four runs to get the victory. The 24-year-old has a 3.04 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with nine holds over 23.2 innings. He is great at preventing the long ball with just two home runs allowed this season and three over his 62.1-inning career. In addition, his career GB/FB stands out at 1.8.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Scoops up first win
Hernandez (1-2) allowed a run on one hit and struck out two in one inning to earn the win Thursday versus Houston.
Hernandez gave up a solo shot to Jose Altuve in the sixth inning, but Boston rallied for five runs to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. That lead held up, and Hernandez picked up his first win in 24 appearances this year. The reliever has been far from dominant -- he has a 3.15 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 30:18 K:BB -- but he's allowed just two homers in 20 innings. The southpaw has added eight holds and a blown save.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Clutch in high-leverage outing
Hernandez struck out two and hit a batter over two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Phillies.
The talented yet inconsistent left-hander came on in a maximum-leverage spot and delivered two big strikeouts in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Hernandez fanned Bryce Harper on three consecutive pitches. After hitting Rhys Hoskins trimmed Boston's lead to one run, Hernandez went straight to work on Brad Miller. It looked like he struck out Miller on a 1-2 pitch that the umpire didn't view as a strike, but he locked in to deliver strike three two pitches later. Hernandez is knocked for nibbling and lacking command, but he was in pure attack mode Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Appears in low-leverage spot
Hernandez allowed two walks and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Angels.
Hernandez recently was removed from high-leverage work, so Saturday's low-leverage outing was a chance for the reliever to put together a successful appearance. He's allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and five walks over his last 2.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Lacks command in loss
Hernandez (0-2) was tagged with the loss Tuesday, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk over a third of an inning against Oakland.
Hernandez entered a 1-1 game after Nathan Eovaldi's six strong innings and walked the first batter faced. Two singles later, the Athletics plated a run, then he was charged with a second run with Adam Ottavino on the mound. Hernandez, who's had issues with command throughout his career, threw just seven strikes among his 16 pitches. Manager Alex Cora admitted he's still figuring out the late-inning rotation of relievers. "We're searching," Cora told Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com. "You've seen it. Obviously, we do feel very comfortable with some of the guys back there... But we need [others] to be more consistent. When that happens, the structure is gonna be a lot easier." During spring training, Hernandez was pegged as someone that could pitch the final third of games, but his 8.5 BB/9 and inconsistency makes him difficult to trust.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Falters in high-leverage spot
Hernandez walked two over one-third of an inning in Tuesday's 11-7 win over the Tigers.
A recent run of good pitching made manager Alex Cora feel comfortable putting Hernandez out there in the eighth inning to preserve a three-run lead. A fielding error put a man on base, then he walked two batters before departing with the bases loaded. Matt Barnes escaped the jam by inducing a double-play groundout, and Hernandez garnered his fifth hold, albeit a shaky one. The left-hander has walked 10 batters in 10.1 innings, as his propensity for issuing free passes continues to be a blocker to more high-leverage work.... See More ... See Less
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