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April 12, 2021 05:16 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Undergoes Tommy John surgery
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Hernandez underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Hernandez was seen as one of the favorites to close for the Rangers this season before spraining his UCL in early March. The issue hasn't progressed as the team hoped, so he'll now miss the entirety of this season as well as roughly half of the 2022 campaign. With several other injuries striking the Rangers' bullpen, veteran Ian Kennedy has picked up the team's two saves thus far.

March 31, 2021 10:16 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Placed on 60-day injured list
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Hernandez (elbow) landed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

Hernandez looked to have a chance to close games this season before being diagnosed with a UCL sprain in early March. His return timeline remains unclear, but he'll be out until the end of May at the earliest. There's still a chance he picks up saves in the back half of the season with Jose Leclerc ruled out for more than a year due to Tommy John surgery, but he'll have to prove his health and effectiveness before reentering that conversation.

March 9, 2021 11:12 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Suffers UCL sprain
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Hernandez was diagnosed with a low-grade UCL sprain Tuesday and won't throw for at least four weeks, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Hernandez isn't currently expected to require surgery, but he'll likely miss a meaningful portion of the regular season. He won't throw until early April at the earliest and will need several weeks to build his arm back up once he's cleared to do so, making late May the most realistic target date for Hernandez to make his 2021 debut. That's bad news for the Rangers, as Hernandez was expected to be at minimum a high-leverage reliever, and at best, the team's top candidate to close games. Jose Leclerc now seems to have a clearer path to reclaiming that role after he missed most of last season due to shoulder issues.

February 27, 2021 11:04 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Will open fourth spring game
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Hernandez will start the Rangers' fourth spring game Wednesday against the Angels, Kennedi Landry of reports.

Hernandez is not on the radar as a starter, so the decision to have him open a Cactus League game carries little significance. He's expected to serve a key role at the back end of the bullpen, possibly even as the closer.

February 20, 2021 10:40 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Mentioned as closer
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Hernandez was mentioned as a possible closer by manager Chris Woodward, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Hernandez had a breakout season in 2020, sporting a 2.90 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 31 innings. Although he did not have a save opportunity last year, Hernandez often pitched in high-leverage situations earlier in the games for three or more outs. Woodward refused to commit to Jose Leclerc as the team's closer and is mulling over different options for his closer or a no-roles bullpen where usage is determined by game factors.

September 6, 2020 01:36 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Shelled in first loss
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Hernandez (5-1) took the loss against Seattle on Saturday, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits. He did not register a strikeout or a walk.

Hernandez entered a tie game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and retired the final batter of the frame on a flyout. However, he was far less effective in the eighth, giving up three runs on three singles, a double and a hit batsman before recording his first out of the inning. Hernandez entered the contest with a sparkling 1.77 ERA but saw it swell to 2.91 after the rough outing.

August 26, 2020 03:08 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Provides bridge to win
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Hernandez allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three over 1.2 scoreless innings to earn a hold in Monday's 3-2 win over Oakland.

Hernandez has been a vital member of the Rangers' bullpen, posting three relief wins and five holds while pitching to a 1.56 ERA over 17.1 innings. As the 11-17 Rangers consider their selling activity at the trade deadline, one player that could be moved is closer Rafael Montero. If they move him, Hernandez could replace him as the team's closer.

August 16, 2020 10:04 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Earns hold in win
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Hernandez allowed one run on two hits over 1.2 innings to pick up a hold in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Rockies.

Hernandez entered with two on and one out in the seventh and induced a double-play grounder to sidestep danger. He relaxed in the eighth after the Rangers plated three insurance runs. The right-handed setup man has been a nice find for the Rangers, who have worked around injuries to important bullpen pieces. Hernandez has a 2.13 ERA (1.94 FIP) while striking out 15 over 12.2 innings.

August 13, 2020 02:00 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Earns win in relief
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Hernandez (3-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Mariners. He pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Hernandez has gone six straight appearances without allowing a run, and he has posted an 11:2 K:BB in 8.0 innings (six games) during that stretch. He has been very effective this season and, in fact, has posted scoreless appearances in all but one of his outings so far. He owns a 1.64 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP -- as well as a 12.3 K/9 -- in 11.0 innings (nine games) to date.

August 3, 2020 03:00 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Grabs second win
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Hernandez (2-0) allowed one walk and struck out four over two scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday against the Giants.

Hernandez was the pitcher of record when the Rangers pushed four runs across the plate in the eighth inning. The right-hander has fanned eight batters in five innings. He'll be part of the late-inning crew with closer Jose Leclerc (shoulder) on the 45-day injured list. That closer-by-committee will grow by one this week when the Rangers activate lefty Joely Rodriguez (lat).

August 2, 2020 02:28 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Part of closer committee
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Hernandez is one of the relievers manager Chris Woodward is considering as a closer in the absence of Jose Leclerc (shoulder), T.R. Sullivan reports.

When Leclerc was placed on the 45-day injured list, interest in possible replacements as a closer has surged. Woodward will not designate one arm as a closer and will deploy a closer-by-committee. He's leaning toward right-handers Hernandez and Edinson Volquez.

July 25, 2020 08:12 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Registers hold Friday
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Hernandez worked around a hit and a walk in the eighth inning to record a hold in Friday's 1-0 win over the Rockies.

The Rangers' bullpen, including its setup staff, has been hit by injuries, so manager Torey Lovullo went with Hernandez as the bridge to closer Jose Leclerc. The right-hander had a total of 16.2 innings of MLB experience prior to 2020, but it looks like he'll be a trusted reliever early in the season. If Hernandez thrives in the role, he could remain part of the high-leverage crew.

July 17, 2020 12:56 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Wins spot on active roster
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Texas manager Chris Woodward informed Hernandez that will be part of the Opening Day lineup, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Hernandez, who has nine games of MLB experience, was not expected to break camp with the Rangers in spring training, but now -- due to a number of relievers being out -- Woodward is considering the young right-hander for high-leverage work in 2020. "We may not have the luxury of easing into things," Woodward said. "With a number of guys down, do I feel comfortable with him in a [significant] role? I do. I've loved what I've seen. I've loved his mentality. I can't wait to put him in a situation like that." Hernandez has been a star in camp, allowing just one run in six innings on five hits and one walk while striking out nine, according to T.R. Sullivan of That comes after similar dominance in spring training when he struck out 13 over nine innings.

July 4, 2020 12:24 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Impressive debut
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Hernandez struck out all four hitters faced Friday, allowing just one foul ball during the at-bats, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Hernandez had spent the shutdown in New York, an epicenter of the coronavirus, and was unable restart a throwing program as other teammates did. He only started throwing to live batters earlier this week. "All I can say is he was absolutely filthy," manager Chris Woodward said. "His command was probably the most impressive. He's got elite stuff as we know. Upper 90s, ton of movement on his fastball, really good slider. Changeup was really good." Hernandez is hoping to crack the active roster as a multi-inning reliever and spot starter.

April 2, 2020 02:16 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Likely to make roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hernandez allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and four walks while striking over 13 over nine Cactus League innings.

Hernandez handled the transition from starter to reliever quite well. His mid-90s fastball gained a few ticks in the shorter relief outing, and he struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings in a late-season audition for Texas in 2019. The right-hander continued to pitch well over the winter and into spring training. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculates Hernandez will make the final roster, with the only question being how big a role he'll have in the bullpen.

March 6, 2020 08:40 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Making case for roster spot
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Hernandez allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four over three scoreless innings in Thursday's spring game against the Cubs.

Hernandez got the start against the Cubs' regulars and handled himself well. "I knew this was a good test for me," Hernandez told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "I felt like I controlled myself pretty good and did a good job of making them hit the pitches I wanted. I was trying to attack on every pitch." The right-hander allowed one hard-hit ball among his 47 pitches and got ahead of seven of the 12 batters he faced. Hernandez was originally scheduled to pitch relief in the Rangers' other spring game Thursday, but an injury to Joe Palumbo (heel) forced the team to adjust. Hernandez is competing for a job in the bullpen, though his performance against the Cubs may have sealed the deal. He could fill a multi-inning, middle-relief role, an area of need for the Rangers, who were 23-33 when starters failed to go six innings in 2019.

March 1, 2020 04:08 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Allows two runs in start
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Hernandez allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two in Saturday's Cactus Leage game against the White Sox.

Hernandez hit 100 mph on the gun against his first batter and retired the side quickly before faltering in the second inning. He was predominantly a starter last season at Double-A Frisco, but the 23-year-old threw nine games, mostly in relief, for the Rangers in 2019. A spot in the Rangers' rotation is unlikely, but Hernandez could fill a long-relief role in 2020.

February 29, 2020 11:04 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Starting Saturday
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Hernandez will start Saturday's game against the White Sox, Dave Sessions of reports.

Hernandez will be making his third spring appearance but first start. He's allowed one run on two hits while striking out four in two innings of Cactus League work.

September 29, 2019 12:40 AM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Collects win
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Hernandez (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two and picking up the win in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Yankees.

Hernandez worked behind opener Luke Farrell in the bullpen game for the Rangers, and Hernandez's two spotless innings were enough for the win. The 23-year-old owns a 4.32 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 16.2 innings this year despite an unsightly 19:13 K:BB across his nine appearances.

September 16, 2019 11:52 PM
Rangers' Jonathan Hernandez: Gives up three runs as opener
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Hernandez (1-1) gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four through 2.2 innings to take the loss against the Athletics on Sunday.

Serving as the opener, Hernandez delivered two scoreless innings before allowing three baserunners and a two-run home run in the third frame. The 23-year-old has a 3.75 ERA with a 12:9 K:BB through six appearances this season.

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