Hernandez was optioned to Double-A Portland following Wednesday's doubleheader with the Tigers.
Hernandez made his MLB debut in the second game of the twin bill and provided the Red Sox with a much-needed fresh arm out of the bullpen. He covered 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out four. The lefty will now head back to the minors to continue his development as a starter but could get a look in the big-league rotation at some point if Hector Velazquez proves to be an unsatisfactory replacement for the injured Nathan Eovaldi (elbow).
Hernandez was officially called up from Double-A Portland as the 26th man for Tuesday's nightcap against the Tigers, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Hernandez could one day be a fixture in the Red Sox's rotation, but that won't start just yet. If he does end up making his big-league debut Tuesday, it will come in a relief role.
One of the more heralded arms in Boston's farm system, Hernandez has built on an impressive showing in spring training through his first two turns in the Portland rotation, posting a 1.80 ERA while striking out 15 in 10 innings. Though the Red Sox are continuing to develop him as a starter, he could make his MLB debut out of the bullpen during Tuesday's nightcap. With starter Hector Velazquez likely to have a pitch limit in place as he transitions from a relief role to the rotation, Hernandez could be asked to eat some innings out of the bullpen once Velazquez exits. It's likely that Hernandez will be sent back to Double-A once the twin bill is completed.
Hernandez was never viewed as a legitimate challenger for an Opening Day roster spot, but he stuck around in big-league camp longer than anticipated after holding his own during Grapefruit League play. Over 11 innings this spring, Hernandez held opposing batters to a .184 average while recording 12 strikeouts. He'll enter 2019 as one of the top pitching prospects in a depleted farm system.
Hernandez turned in a scoreless inning of work but walked three batters Thursday.
Hernandez is fighting for one of the three remaining bullpen spots with the big-league club. While he has 12 strikeouts in 11 innings of work this spring, he has also issued eight free passes. Hernandez is just 22 years old and has pitched only five games above the Single-A level, so it's likely the team will opt to give him more time to develop in the minors.
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