Hernández will make his first Red Sox start, despite making his debut as a reliever.
It was announced Monday night that the Red Sox would be recalling Darwinzon Hernandez from Portland to make his first career Major League start on Tuesday. As of now, the retroactive move is unknown, but it’s likely that a reliever will be sent down to make room for Hernandez – possibly Mike Shawaryn or Bobby Poyner.
The top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization has thrown 2.1 innings at the Major League level and has allowed zero earned runs.
Darwinzon Hernandez to start for the Red Sox on Tuesday— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) June 11, 2019
While Darwinzon Hernandez may provide some excitement to a rather disappointing season, he’s simply not ready as a Major League starter. He’s posted a 5.13 ERA in Portland and has largely struggled with putting consistent, long outings together. As the Red Sox top pitching prospect, the potential is incredible as he flashes swing and miss stuff.
In reality, the Red Sox were left with very few options to start tonight, whether the lefty is ready or not. Mike Shawaryn won’t be available, and the Major League depth of Hector Velazquez, Brian Johnson, and Steven Wright are all injured or suspended.
It’s a tough situation, but there will certainly be times that Darwinzon Hernandez will show you why he’s so highly touted within the organization. If he’s in the strike zone early and often, there’s plenty of reason to believe that he may pick up his first MLB win tonight. If control issues are present, it may be another long night for the Red Sox bullpen.