David Hernandez RP ARI 1 month ago

Hernandez took the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers when he allowed three runs on a walk and three hits, including a home run, while striking one and recording just two outs.

Hernandez has allowed runs in three straight appearances covering 2.2 innings, while giving up seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. It's pretty clear that he isn't yet up to his previous level as he works his way back after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez, who hasn't pitched since his return from Tommy John surgery on June 7, has not suffered any setbacks, reports the Arizona Republic's Zach Buchanan.

Manager Chip Hale says that he hasn't been able to put Hernandez in the right situations since his lone appearance. It's clear that, despite his recovery, Hernandez is down the pecking order in the bullpen as other relievers have established themselves with the manager. Temper expectations for his contributions until you see him used regularly and in tougher assignments.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez returned to a Major League mound for the first time since 2013 on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout against the Mets.

Hernandez was reportedly sitting at 95 mph with his fastball and struck out Juan Lagares on a nasty slider. Hernandez will likely be used conservatively over the next few weeks, but he could pitch in high-leverage situations in short order if he proves himself. He posted 9.5 K/9 as a setup man in his last season in the majors in 2013.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez will be activated from the disabled list before Sunday's game against the Mets.

Hernandez hasn't appeared in a game in the majors since 2013. He pitched well in seven minor league rehab appearances. Expect Hernandez to be worked slowly back into the mix in low leverage situations initially, but he should solidify a D-Backs' bullpen that could use a bit of help.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) is close to returning from the disabled list, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports. "He is ready to go," manager Chip Hale said Friday. "We'll probably activate him, if not this weekend, when we go on the road."

Hernandez has made seven rehab appearances between High-A and Double-A, pitching on back-to-back days on two different occasions. While Hernandez could eventually work into a late-inning role, the Diamondbacks figure to ease him back in with some lower-leverage work right off the bat.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) appeared in rehab games each of the last two days.

Hernandez threw just six pitches in Wednesday's game, but he was able to throw on back-to-back days for the second time since last week. It should not be long before the Diamondbacks deem him ready to resume pitching for the big club.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Manager Chip Hale indicated Wednesday that Hernandez (elbow) will throw at Double-A Mobile this weekend, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Hernnadez missed all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery, but appears to be on the cusp of a potential return. He's allowed just one hit in his two innings of work with High-A Viera, and will now progress to tougher competition at Double-A. If all goes well there, he could rejoin the Diamondbacks bullpen in short order.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez threw a clean inning in rehab outing for High-A Visalia on Saturday, striking out one.

Hernandez reportedly was hitting 93-95 mph with his fastball. He will need at least a couple of more rehab outings before the D-Backs will bring him back, but with Addison Reed being moved out of the closer role there is an opportunity for Hernandez to be in the mix for save chances, if he proves healthy and effective.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) is scheduled for three more minor league rehab outings, and will be reassessed after that, Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports reports.

Hernandez suffered a bit of a setback in early-May, but he now appears ready to take the mound against live batters once more. The plan is for Hernandez need to pitch in back-to-back contests, and if all goes well there, a timetable could be laid out for his activation. He hasn't pitched in the majors since a shaky 2013 campaign, but if Hernandez can regain his 2012 form, he could be competing for a back-end bullpen role by this summer.

David Hernandez RP ARI 3 months ago

Diamondback manager Chip Hale said Friday that Hernandez (elbow) has been "pushed back" slightly after experiencing soreness after his last outing in extended spring training, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Hernandez seemed to be progressing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, recently touching 94 mph in a controlled setting, but this setback could very well delay his return to the majors until late May. The right-hander posted a 4.48 ERA and 66:24 K:BB over 62.1 innings in his last healthy season in 2013.