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David Hernandez | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cosumnes River (CA)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 16 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Cotillo of SB Nation confirms the Orioles are showing interest in free agent reliever David Hernandez.
MASN's Roch Kubatko was first to suggest Baltimore as a possible fit for the 31-year-old right-hander. Hernandez posted a 3.84 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings last season out of the Philadelphia bullpen after working his way back from Tommy John surgery with Arizona in 2015. He'll probably operate in middle relief wherever he winds up signing. Tue, Dec 20, 2016 04:47:00 PM

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David Hernandez allowed a run but earned his first save of the season Saturday against the Reds.

Hernandez gave up a run on two hits but was able to get out of the inning without further damage. The save opportunity only came because closer Jeanmar Gomez had worked the previous two days, but it's good to know where he stands in the event Gomez falters or gets injured. The 31-year-old owns a 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:00:00 PM

David Hernandez took the loss Monday against the Reds after he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.

Brutal. Asked to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hernandez walked Adam Duvall before giving up a double to Scott Schebler. He then walked Billy Hamilton to load the bases. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin brought the hook after that, but all three runners eventually came around to score. Dalier Hinojosa just saw his fantasy stock go up by default, but this figures to be a very messy situation all season.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 07:54:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Monday that he could use "one of five guys" at closer.

No reliever stood out enough to grab the job this spring, so Mackanin will keep his options open as the regular season begins. David Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa are probably the best bets for saves in the early going, with left-hander James Russell also potentially working into the mix at some point. We're expecting role changes throughout the year from the rebuilding Phils.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 12:27:00 PM

David Hernandez allowed a solo homer and a triple in his inning against Phillies prospects on Saturday.

Hernandez's spring finale didn't inspire a whole lot of confidence. Dalier Hinojosa might get the first save chance the Phillies generate this year. Perhaps it will even happen in April.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 04:06:00 PM

David Hernandez worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Astros.

Hernandez has allowed one run in three innings since returning from triceps tendinitis. He's back looking like the favorite for saves in the Phillies pen, though Dalier Hinojosa is also expected to be in the mix initially.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that he may use a closer by committee at the beginning of the season.

Mackanin noted that the top options for the ninth inning at this point are Dalier Hinojosa and David Hernandez. Andrew Bailey had been mentioned as a possible option to close, but he's struggled a bit of late in Grapefruit League play after a strong start. Hernandez entered camp as the favorite for the job but fell behind due to triceps tendinitis. However, he's healthy now and has looked good the last few times out. He's probably the best bet over the long haul for saves in Philly, but the Phillies like Hinojosa so he can't be discounted.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 04:06:00 PM

In his return from triceps tendinitis, David Hernandez allowed a run in an inning Monday against the Tigers.

Hernandez is likely behind Andrew Bailey for the closer's role at this point, but Bailey's arm could always let him down again at any time. It makes Hernandez's progress well worth following.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 04:27:00 PM

David Hernandez (triceps) is scheduled to pitch in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Hernandez hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1 because of right triceps tendinitis, but he's been able to stay on pace on the minor league side of Phillies camp. He's still in the running for the team's ninth-inning job, though Andrew Bailey might be the leader in the clubhouse right now.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Saturday of David Hernandez (triceps) that "his ability to open the season healthy is on track and is looking fine."

Hernandez threw a scoreless inning in another minor league game Friday and should be cleared for Grapefruit League action soon. "My arm is definitely getting better," he said. "I have no discomfort when I'm pitching, just a little stiffness when I'm cooling down. I have no trouble getting loose and staying loose and that's a good sign." Hernandez entered camp as the favorite to close for the Phillies but may have been passed up by Andrew Bailey.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 10:02:00 AM

David Hernandez (triceps) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over one inning of work in a minor league game Tuesday.

Hernandez, recently sidelined with right triceps tendinitis, threw 17 out of 28 pitches for strikes and hit 93 mph with his fastball. The results weren't great, but the important thing is that he's feeling better. Hernandez should return to Grapefruit League action soon, where he's expected to make a push for the Phillies' closer job.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 01:39:00 PM

David Hernandez (triceps) is scheduled to throw an inning Tuesday in a minor league game.

Hernandez hasn't pitched in Grapefruit League action due to right triceps tendinitis. Barring any setbacks, there's still time for him to get ready for the season. He's the favorite to serve as closer for rebuilding Philadelphia.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 08:41:00 AM

David Hernandez (triceps) is not expected to return to game action this weekend.

Hernandez is nursing right triceps tendinitis. It's not expected to be a major deal, but there's no reason for the Phillies to push him at this point. He will still have plenty of time to get ready for the season if he's back in Grapefruit League games next week.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 04:26:00 PM

David Hernandez is considered day-to-day with right triceps tendinitis.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had said that Hernandez was dealing with a sore elbow, but it's apparently the triceps that's the issue. Either way, it looks to be a minor concern. The veteran reliever is slated to open the season as the club's closer, provided he can overcome this small setback.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Phillies manager Pat Mackanin said Tuesday that David Hernandez is currently dealing with a tender elbow.

Hernandez hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, when he threw a perfect inning against the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old right-hander is the favorite to close for the Phillies in 2016 in the wake of Ken Giles' trade to the Astros. There's no word as to when Hernandez will be ready to pitch again. Remember that he missed 2014 and two months of 2015 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Luis Garcia could be next in line to serve as closer if Hernandez is out a while. The Phillies also have former closers Andrew Bailey, Edward Mujica, and Ernesto Frieri in camp.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
3Bryan Holaday
4Jorge Alfaro
1B1Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
3Hector Gomez
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Roman Quinn
3Nick Williams
4Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Tyler Goeddel
3Dylan Cozens
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Clay Buchholz
5Vincent Velasquez
6Jake Thompson
7Zach Eflin
8Adam Morgan
9Alec Asher
Relief Pitcher
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Hector Neris
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Severino Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Alberto Tirado
10Sean Burnett