David Hernandez RP ARI 7 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 4 weeks 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.

David Hernandez RP ARI 1 month ago

Hernandez (elbow) hit 94 mph while throwing 16 pitches Saturday in extended spring training, Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder reports.

His breaking ball was apparently effective and he remains on track for a mid-May return to the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

David Hernandez RP ARI 1 month ago

Hernandez (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday.

Hernadez continues to make progress and could be back in the D-Backs' bullpen around mid-May.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) will open the season on the DL, Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic reports.

With Hernandez working back from Tommy John surgery, this move was expected. He'll look to return to the Arizona bullpen in May.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) thew his first bullpen session Tuesday since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March, the Arizona Republic reports.

The session included 20 pitches -- all fastballs -- for Hernandez, who was accompanied by teammate Patrick Corbin. The Diamondbacks expect to have Hernandez back in mid-May, a few weeks earlier than Corbin, since Hernandez only has to stretch out to 30 pitches.

David Hernandez RP ARI 2 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) is targeting an early May return, the Arizona Republic reports.

He is scheduled to throw from a mound in approximately 7-to-10 days. If everything goes as planned, Hernandez could push his way into a prominent late-inning role with the Diamondbacks at some point during the second half of the season.

David Hernandez RP ARI 3 months ago

Hernandez (elbow) has not thrown from a mound yet this spring, the Arizona Republic reports.

Typically, relievers can get by with a shorter spring training if needed. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Hernandez will likely be brought along more slowly, and his chances of starting the season on the 15-day DL are gradually increasing.