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David Hernandez | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cosumnes River (CA)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 16 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Reds activated RHP David Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.
Hernandez has been out all season with inflammation in his pitching shoulder but got through three rehab appearances with no setbacks. He'll eventually work in a setup role for the Reds. Apr 27 - 12:27 PM

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David Hernandez (shoulder) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Louisville.

Reds manager Bryan Price told the media Wednesday that Hernandez could be activated after only "2-3 outings" on the farm. The 32-year-old setup man had some issues with his shoulder toward the end of spring training and was placed on the disabled list on Opening Day. He signed a two-year, $5 million contract with Cincinnati in January to work in front of closer Raisel Iglesias.
Apr 18 - 1:38 PM

David Hernandez (shoulder) threw 25 pitches of live batting practice Tuesday.

"He did great," manager Bryan Price said after the workout. "He threw his whole arsenal – fastball, breaking ball, change. He came out of it feeling really good. We're excited that his shoulder feels that good." Hernandez has been on the disabled list all season because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. There is not a mapped-out timetable for his Reds debut, but mid-May would seem to be a possibility if the 32-year-old setup man can avoid setbacks.
Apr 17 - 7:23 PM

David Hernandez (shoulder) has yet to resume a throwing program.

Hernandez landed on the disabled list just before the season due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He'll surely need a rehab assignment before the Reds activate him, so the veteran reliever figures to be on the shelf for a while.
Apr 6 - 10:53 AM

Reds placed RHP David Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

There was some question about Hernandez's readiness for the season, so the Reds decided to play things safe. The veteran reliever signed a two-year, $5 million deal over the offseason.
Mar 29 - 12:03 PM

Reds signed RHP David Hernandez to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the contract details. Hernandez pitched with the Diamondbacks and Angels last season while posting a quality 3.11 ERA and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 innings. The 32-year-old will function as a bridge to closer Raisel Iglesias.
Jan 30 - 2:01 PM

A source tells Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer the Reds are targeting free agent reliever David Hernandez.

Hernandez was quietly terrific between the Diamondbacks and Angels in 2017, posting a 3.11 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings in middle relief. Sources said the sides are in "serious discussions" but that a deal isn't imminent. The 32-year-old wouldn't supplant Raisel Iglesias as the team's closer, but he would certainly be a boost to the team's bullpen.
Jan 13 - 6:07 PM

David Hernandez struck out the only batter he faced in Saturday's game against the Cubs to record the save.

Fernando Rodney came on in a non-save situation and was hammered for two runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning, turning a 6-0 advantage into a save situation for Hernandez. The veteran, recently acquired from the Angels, ended up putting out the fire. Still, he is expected to remain in a setup role rather than challenging Rodney for saves.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 12:23:00 AM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP David Hernandez from the Angels for RHP Luis Madero.

Hernandez will slide into a setup role with his old club after posting a cool 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander is scheduled to become a free agent in November, so he'll likely be a rental for the Wild Card-hunting Diamondbacks.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that David Hernandez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

Hernandez pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2011-2015, so it's a very familiar landing spot for the 32-year-old right-hander. He had registered a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season out of the Angels' bullpen. Hernandez is set to become a free agent in November. Luis Madero, a minor league right-hander, is headed to Anaheim in return.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Angels are close to trading reliever David Hernandez.

No word yet on where he could be headed, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post mentions the possibility of a reunion with the Diamondbacks. Hernandez has been excellent with the Angels this season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:34:00 PM

With Bud Norris needing a day off, David Hernandez recorded his first save by pitching a scoreless ninth with a two-run lead Wednesday against the Yankees.

The last time Hernandez was asked to close, he blew a three-run lead without getting an out against the White Sox on May 16. He succeeded tonight, but not before allowing three long flyballs, one or two of which could have been homers elsewhere. In Angel Stadium, they resulted in two outs and a double.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 02:01:00 AM

Filling in for Bud Norris, David Hernandez blew a three-run lead while getting no outs in the ninth inning Tuesday against the White Sox.

In Hernandez's defense, Kole Calhoun should have made a play on Avisail Garcia's double to right that was the big blow in the inning. Still, Hernandez didn't retire any of the other three batters he faced. He was only closing tonight because Norris had pitched three days in a row.
Wed, May 17, 2017 02:25:00 AM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP David Hernandez from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Hernandez was acquired from the Braves earlier Monday and will immediately join the big league bullpen. He posted a 3.84 ERA and 9.9 K/9 ratio over 70 appearances with the Phillies last season and should help out in middle relief.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 06:38:00 PM

The newly-acquired David Hernandez is expected to immediately join the Angels' bullpen, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

It makes sense given the extensive injuries with the Angels' relief corps. Hernandez, 31, had a 3.84 ERA with 9.9 K/9 in 70 relief appearances with the Phillies last season and began this year with a 1.12 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over eight innings with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. Bud Norris and Blake Parker appears to be at the top of the depth chart for saves, but Hernandez could be a dark horse option in this brittle bullpen.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 02:08:00 PM

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SS1Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
2Alex Blandino
LF1Jesse Winker
2Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
RF1Scott Schebler
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S1Luis Castillo
2Tyler Mahle
3Sal Romano
4Matt Harvey
5Anthony DeSclafani
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R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Amir Garrett
5Jared Hughes
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