Manager Alex Cora said he'll consider using Hernandez in high-leverage situations, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Hernandez, a minor-league starter, has been used in low-leverage situations and thrived since being called up July 16. The hard-throwing right-hander has allowed one hit and two walks while striking out nine over four scoreless innings. His stuff is playing up in shorter stints. "I think it benefits him now," said Cora. "It's not like he thinks he's going five or six innings and has to set up hitters. It's, 'Just throw my best stuff and put a good swing on it. I have a pretty good chance to get you out anyway.' I think it helps him...there are going to be close situations that, yeah, we'll use Darwinzon." He may not be given save opportunities, but Hernandez could emerge as an important bullpen piece as Boston hunts for a playoff spot.
Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Hernandez struggled during his last stint with the Red Sox in June, allowing three runs while striking out seven over three innings of work, but he'll get another shot in the big leagues out of the bullpen. Ryan Brasier was demoted to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Hernandez will pitch out of the bullpen at Triple-A Pawtucket going forward, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez may not be completely done as a starter, but his best chance at helping the Red Sox during their playoff push this season will come in a relief role. The 21-year-old has allowed four runs (three earned) with an 11:6 K:BB in 5.1 innings of work for Boston this year.
Hernandez was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez has thrown 5.1 innings at the major-league level but has never actually pitched in Triple-A. The 22-year-old owns an unimpressive 5.13 ERA for Double-A Portland in 40.1 innings. His poor 17.0 percent walk rate has so far outweighed his strong 31.4 percent strikeout rate.
The Red Sox optioned Hernandez to Double-A Portland on Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Hernandez made his first MLB start Tuesday in the Red Sox's 9-5 loss to the Rangers, but didn't perform well enough to earn a follow-up nod in Baltimore this weekend. While he showed some impressive swing-and-miss stuff en route to racking up seven strikeouts, he lasted only three innings while yielding four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks. Hernandez will continue to work out of the rotation at Portland and could get another look with Boston if he can show improved control in the minors.
Hernandez (0-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out seven across three innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Rangers.
Hernandez struck out the side in the first inning, but quickly ran into trouble from there. He surrendered walks to consecutive batters in the second inning, with both baserunners coming around to score. In the following frame, he allowed three walks, leading to two runs. This start matched his profile from the minor leagues, as he had managed a 31 percent strikeout rate but undid a lot of that with a 17 percent walk rate in 40.1 innings with Double-A Portland. The Red Sox continue to search for a viable fifth starter in the absence of Nathan Eovaldi (elbow), and if they stick with Hernandez, he'll likely draw his next start Sunday at Baltimore.
Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Portland ahead of his scheduled start against the Rangers on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez's only big-league appearance to date came in long relief back in late April. The 22-year-old owns a poor 5.13 ERA in 40.1 innings for Portland this season, striking out an impressive 31.4 percent of opposing batters but walking far too many (17.0 percent). Ryan Brasier was placed on the bereavement list.
Hernandez will start Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez will stand in as the fifth starter for Boston after he was scratched from his scheduled outing at Double-A Portland over the weekend. He's made one appearance in the big leagues this season, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out four April 23 against the Tigers. The Red Sox will officially recall Hernandez closer to first pitch.
Hernandez is viewed as a candidate to start Tuesday's game against the Rangers in Boston, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled turn this weekend at Double-A Portland for no apparent injury-related reason, suggesting the Red Sox are looking to promote him when a fifth starter is next needed Tuesday. The young lefty turned in a promising MLB debut in long relief back on April 23, but he's largely struggled this season with Portland, posting a 5.13 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 40.1 innings. He'll thus make for a risky streaming option if he gets the nod Tuesday, and there's a good possibility the Red Sox put a cap on his workload even if he performs well the first time through the order.
Hernandez was optioned to Double-A Portland on Monday.
Hernandez was up for just one day and did not get into a game. He'll head back to the minors to make way for the return of Brock Holt (shoulder) from the injured list.
The Red Sox recalled Hernandez from Double-A Portland on Sunday.
The Red Sox don't have a spot available in the rotation for Hernandez, one of the organization's top pitching prospects. As a result, he'll likely be in store for only a brief stay with the big club, with the Red Sox potentially leaning on him to cover multiple innings in relief Sunday against Houston to aid a taxed bullpen. Hernandez could be headed back to Portland as soon as Monday, when the Red Sox will need to open up a spot on the active roster to facilitate utility man Brock Holt's (shoulder) return from the injured list.
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.
The Red Sox plan to recall Hernandez from Double-A Portland to serve as the 26th man for the second game of their doubleheader Tuesday with the Tigers, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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.
The Red Sox optioned Hernandez to Double-A Portland on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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.
Hernandez allowed two hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings Saturday against the Braves.
Hernandez has been terrific this spring, giving up just one run over 10 innings. He mopped up Saturday's game against the lesser-known Braves and hasn't seen the opponents' best, but he's showing promise as the team's top pitching prospect. The left-hander has walked five and struck out 12 in his 10 innings, which is representative of his production in 2018 at High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. There has been talk about him pitching as a reliever in Boston this season, but the organizational plan calls for him to remain on a starter's trajectory.
Hernandez allowed one hit, walked one, and hit two batters over three scoreless innings Friday against the Orioles.
Hernandez ran into some early trouble but worked around a walk and two hit batsmen to avoid first-inning damage. After the inning, the left-hander received some coaching from his batterymate, Christian Vazquez. "In the first inning, I was a little fast," Hernandez told Mark Feisand of MLB.com through a translator. "My mechanics were a little off. When I came into the dugout, Christian Vazquez talked to me and so did the pitching coach. They told me [to] calm down and not be so fast. Thanks to those guys, I was able to lock in and control my tempo." Hernandez is Boston's top pitching prospect and has not allowed a run in seven spring innings while striking out 10 and walking four.
Hernandez will open the 2019 season as a starter, but Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is not ruling out a move to the bullpen, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Hernandez finished up 2018 as a reliever for Double-A Portland before the Venezuelan native pitched out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League. "We're looking at him going into the season more as a starter," Dombrowski said. "I will say that. Now I can't say later on in the year we may not put him in the bullpen. But we like him as a starter." The 22-year-old lefty might move to the bullpen the closer he gets to the majors. Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports there is a strong belief within the organization of that happening.
Hernandez's contract was selected from Double-A Portland on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
This was expected, as the well-regarded prospect needed to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Hernandez flashed his upside in 2018, posting a combined 3.53 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 11.3 K/9 across 107 innings with Portland and High-A Salem. Despite the southpaw's electric stuff, his command issues (5.0 career BB/9) could ultimately land him in the bullpen long term.
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