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May 12, 2021 09:52 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Lacks command in loss
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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 "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 is hard to trust.

May 6, 2021 06:24 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Falters in high-leverage spot
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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.

May 4, 2021 12:12 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: In groove, earning praise
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Hernandez allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless sixth inning in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

Hernandez has bounced back after a disastrous outing April 22 against the Mariners, when he took the loss after allowing a three-run home run to Mitch Haniger. He's struck out eight without a walk over the three appearances since that game. The left-hander is mixing in more breaking balls, so that opponents can't sit on his heat, Ian Browne of reports. Boston manager Alex Cora said he's learning where his fastball plays best and to attack those areas. That could earn him more work in high-leverage situations, the manager added.

April 24, 2021 01:32 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Walks two in loss
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Hernandez (0-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out one in one inning Thursday to take an extra-inning loss against the Mariners.

Neither Hernandez nor Adam Ottavino before him did the Red Sox any favors by walking four batters late in the game. Seattle plated seven runs despite getting only three hits on the night, the first time since 1994 a team has scored at least seven runs on three hits or fewer. Hernandez, who has been given a late-inning role, has issued eight free passes over seven innings.

April 15, 2021 03:28 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Throws clean inning
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Hernandez earned his third hold of the season in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Minnesota, setting down the side in order.

Hernandez entered for the sixth inning, which is the equivalent of the eighth inning due to the league's seven-inning doubleheader rule. It was his first clean inning of the season, and the left-hander hasn't allowed a run over his last five outings.

April 7, 2021 10:16 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Fighting walks
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Hernandez allowed two walks and struck out one over one scoreless inning in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over Tampa Bay.

Hernandez, who made his third appearance of the season, has walked four batters and struck out four over 2.1 innings. He's expected to be a late-inning reliever -- he entered Tuesday's contest in the eighth inning with Boston down 3-1 -- but has a history of command issues. The left-hander had a 7.7 BB/9 in 2019 and 8.6 in 2020.

March 14, 2021 11:16 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Avoids damage in debut
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Hernandez allowed three walks and hit a batter over one-plus scoreless innings in Saturday's spring game against Atlanta.

A slimmer version of Hernandez made his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, but the improved physique did not improve his command on this day. An inability to consistently find the zone has been the left-hander's bane since joining Boston's bullpen, but manager Alex Cora accentuated the positive with Ian Browne of "With Darwinzon, we need him to be aggressive in the strike zone," said Cora. "Today wasn't that. He was wild. But just like the other guys, he got his work in, it was an up and down [day]... and now we'll move on to the next one." Hernandez is expected to be a core member of the bullpen and will work the final third of games.

February 21, 2021 04:12 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Planned for late innings
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Boston manager Alex Cora said Hernandez will pitch out of the bullpen and envisions using him late in games, Ian Browne of reports. "As of now, we're going to treat him as a reliever. We do believe that stuff-wise, he can give us big outs late in games," Cora said.

The question of whether Hernandez would return to being a starter, as he was throughout his minor-league career, has been posed since the power lefty arrived at the major-league level in 2019. Cora added that plans could change, but for now, Hernandez will pitch the last third of games. That theoretically puts him in line to close out contests for a team that has not yet named its closer.

September 19, 2020 09:16 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Allows runs in return
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Hernandez allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees.

Hernandez returned to the lineup after spending time on the injured list due to a shoulder injury. He thrived as a reliever during the second half of 2019 and was expected to be an important setup piece in 2020, but COVID-19 got in the way. A starter in the minors, Hernandez could have served in that role for a team that needed starters. His role for 2021 depends on how the left-hander finishes 2020 and Boston's offseason roster construction.

September 18, 2020 06:00 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Back from injured list
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Hernandez (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The young left-hander has been sidelined by the sprained SC joint in his shoulder since late August, but he'll rejoin the Red Sox with just over a week left in the season. Hernandez has appeared in only three games this season and has yet to allow a run with seven strikeouts and three walks over 4.2 innings.

September 15, 2020 06:28 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Expected to return soon
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Hernandez (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could return to game action in the near future, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

Hernandez landed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained SC joint Aug. 31, but he could return to the major-league bullpen soon if he feels good following his throwing session. The southpaw pitched effectively over a limited sample prior to his injury, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings with a 1.29 WHIP and 7:3 K:BB across three appearances.

September 13, 2020 09:24 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Expected to pitch again in 2020
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Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke believes Hernandez (shoulder) will return to pitch this season, Christopher Smith of reports.

The Red Sox placed Hernandez on the injured list Aug. 31 with a sprained SC joint. "I think he'll pitch again this season," Roenicke said Saturday. "We need to be smart about it. And if we don't think he's ready and he's right, we won't do it." Hernandez was scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday after beginning a throwing program earlier in the week. The Red Sox will evaluate the results of the bullpen session and make a decision about Hernandez going forward.

September 7, 2020 05:08 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Making good progress
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Hernandez (shoulder) resumed playing catch last week and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Philadelphia, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

Hernandez was diagnosed with a sprained SC joint in his left shoulder and was subsequently placed on the injured list Aug. 31, but the Red Sox never seemed to fear he would be in store for a lengthy absence. However, Hernandez had seen his velocity decline a couple ticks in his final relief appearance prior to being shut down, so the Red Sox may need to see him make progress on that front in his subsequent throwing sessions before the team considers activating him. Boston had planned to give Hernandez a look as a starter at some point in the second half of the season, but the injury may put those plans on hold until 2021.

August 31, 2020 06:32 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Out with shoulder sprain
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Hernandez landed on the injured list with a sprained SC joint in his left shoulder Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

The Red Sox do not believe the issue will be a long-term problem for Hernandez, but he'll sit for at least 10 days. His expected return date is not yet clear. The young southpaw has struck out seven batters in 4.2 scoreless innings so far this season.

August 26, 2020 02:16 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Tosses two scoreless frames in relief
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Hernandez struck out two over two scoreless innings and collected a hold Tuesday in the Red Sox's 9-7 win over the Blue Jays. He scattered two hits and a walk in the appearance.

Rather than saving Hernandez until Wednesday to work as a piggyback pitcher behind starter Colten Brewer, the Red Sox elected to have him cover a couple innings in middle relief Tuesday. The hard-throwing lefty was able to keep his spotless ERA intact, pumping in 23 of his 36 pitches for strikes while stranding all three of the baserunners he put on. Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke suggested after Tuesday's win that Kyle Hart -- who was tagged for six runs in 3.1 innings before departing -- may not be guaranteed any future starts, which could pave the way for Hernandez to enter the rotation as soon as next week. Since Hernandez has maxed out at 40 pitches over his two long-relief outings this season, he would likely have a workload restriction if the Red Sox decide to give him a look as a starter.

August 22, 2020 12:20 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Earns first big-league win
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Hernandez (1-0) pitched two innings while allowing a hit, walking one and striking out three as he recorded his first major-league win Friday against the Orioles.

Hernandez entered the game in the fifth after Colton Brewer opened up with four shutout innings. The 24-year-old lefty didn't face much pressure in his 2020 debut as the Red Sox were already up 6-0 by the time Hernandez stepped on the mound. Regardless, the tandem of Hernandez and Brewer was pretty effective and could force manager Ron Roenicke to try it out at least once more next week against the Blue Jays.

August 20, 2020 11:40 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Expected to pitch Friday
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Manager Ron Roenicke announced Thursday that Hernandez will likely pitch in Friday's game against the Orioles, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

Colten Brewer will get the ball to open against the Orioles, with Hernandez expected to make his season debut at some point later in the game. Hernandez was activated from the injured list earlier Thursday after being cleared to return following a positive COVID-19 test.

August 21, 2020 12:52 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Back from IL
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Hernandez (not injury related) was activated from the injured list Thursday.

Hernandez has been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox after a positive COVID-19 test sidelined him to start the season. The lefty is initially expected to work in a long-relief role, though the plan is to eventually move him into the rotation. He made 29 appearances for Boston in 2019 and posted a 4.45 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 57:26 K:BB in 30.1 innings. Christian Arroyo was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

August 17, 2020 01:56 AM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Works extended outing in sim game
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Hernandez (COVID-19 injured list) covered 2.1 innings in a simulated game Sunday at the Red Sox's alternate training site in Pawtucket, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Though Hernandez is expected to initially work in long relief when he's reinstated from the IL, the Red Sox have been having him pitch once every five days in Pawtucket to prepare for an eventual move into the rotation. Hernandez's erratic control and lack of a deep arsenal probably makes him a better fit as a closer or multi-inning stopper out of the bullpen in the long run, but the 23-year-old lefty would still qualify as a higher-upside alternative than most of the unproven back-end starters the Red Sox have been cycling in and out of the rotation this season. He'll be one of the few Boston pitchers worth keeping an eye on when the team activates him.

August 16, 2020 08:24 PM
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Likely to begin as reliever
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Hernandez (not injury related) is expected to begin as a reliever once he rejoins the Red Sox's roster but could slot into the rotation after that, Christopher Smith of reports.

Ideally, Hernandez would pitch in relief full time, but 2020 has been less-than-ideal for Boston, whose starting rotation is 29th in ERA (6.95), last in WHIP (1.78) and last in batting average against (.302). Hernandez came through the system as a starter and is being stretched out as a reliever with length. "I would think at the beginning as a reliever and maybe try to build him up a little bit better there also," manager Ron Roenicke said. "And then if he slips into that starting role, then we'll try to do that." Hernandez is scheduled to throw three innings in his next start at Boston's alternate training site in Pawtucket and is expected to be activated this week.

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04/30@ TEXW 6-11.01003
04/29@ TEXL 1-41.00003
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