(5/22/2009) The Tampa Tribune reports that Rays SP Carlos E. Hernandez is the likely favorite to get the rotation spot vacated by Scott Kazmir's trip to the 15-day DL with a quad problem.
Price to get call, not Hernandez
(5/22/2009) Although Carlos E. Hernandez was originally reported as the replacement for Scott Kazmir (quadriceps), MLB.com and several other sources say the Rays are expected to call up top prospect David Price to take Kazmir's turn in the rotation Monday at Cleveland.
Hernandez sent to minor league camp
(3/17/2009) Rays SP Carlos Hernandez had been considered a strong candidate for the No. 5 job in the rotation, but he was among 11 players sent to the minors Monday. "He needs a little more time to really get stretched out, coming back from his injuries and how [little] he pitched last year," manager Joe Maddon said. "We like him a lot. We think this is the best thing for him and for us. We know he can be either a starter or a bullpen guy, but we'd like to see him as a starter first."
(3/13/2009) Rays left-hander Carlos Hernandez, a longshot to make the big league club, gave up three runs before getting the first out in the bottom of the third inning in his latest spring start. They were the only runs he allowed in the four-inning outing and his first runs allowed this spring in 12 innings.
Hernandez making legit comeback
(3/11/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: LHP Carlos E. Hernandez hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2004, but he's making a pitch for the No. 5 spot in the Rays rotation. Hernandez, a member of the Astros rotation in 2002, has had three shoulder surgeries and was out of organized baseball for a while, but signed with the Rays and pitched at Class A Vero Beach last summer, and is in camp as a non-roster invitee. "I thought about quitting," he said. "I'm not going to lie to you. There were times when I thought 'This isn't working' or 'This isn't going to happen.' I thought about going back to school. Maybe I could be a lawyer. What is the word? Injustice. I have never liked injustice. But there was something inside that wouldn't let me quit. My family and friends told me I had to keep trying."
C. Hernandez extends shutout streak
(3/6/2009) Rays SP Carlos Hernandez blanked the Pirates for 3 2/3 innings Friday, extending his spring scoreless streak to 7 2/3 innings. "I threw too many pitches (74), which is something I'll have to work on," Hernandez said. "But other than that, I felt good."
Hernandez makes his presence known
(2/25/2009) Rays SP Carlos E. Hernandez faced major-league hitters for the first time in three years Wednesday when he pitched the first two innings of a spring training game against the Reds. The 28-year-old lefty struck out one and didn't allow a hit or walk a batter. "Feels good to be back," said Hernandez, a non-roster invitee who last faced big-league hitters during spring training in 2006. "I know it's just the first game, but I'm looking forward to getting more outings and (doing) my job. Just be able to pitch, be able to throw strikes, be able to do my job, which is to get guys out, that's the main thing."
Hernandez to start Rays' opener
(2/21/2009) Rays SP Carlos Hernandez will start the team's exhibition opener on Wednesday, reports MLB.com Manager Joe Maddon finds Hernandez "intriguing."
(4/10/2006) Carlos Hernandez, who started the season with Triple-A Round Rock, had an MRI exam on his left shoulder Monday that revealed a tear in the labrum and rotator cuff. Hernandez will have surgery on Wednesday. Hernandez sustained a similar injury in February 2003.
C. Hernandez's shoulder an issue
(4/10/2006) LHP Carlos Hernandez, who was a candidate to join the rotation, was back in Houston on Sunday and was examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner. Hernandez wasn't able to make his first start at Triple-A Round Rock because of soreness and tightness in his shoulder. "There's nothing conclusive," GM Tim Purpura said. "We're going to do the MRI (today) and should know a little bit better. He's got a problem with the shoulder, but we don't know the extent of it now."
Hernandez comeback hits a snag
(4/8/2006) The long road back from injury may have taken another cruel twist for left-hander Carlos Hernandez, who couldn't make his scheduled start for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday because of soreness and tightness in his left shoulder. Hernandez was pitching in the minors but had been a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the Astros' rotation -- a spot that won't come up until Tuesday. "He came up sore (Thursday) and went to the staff and said he didn't think he'd be able to pitch (Friday), so we shut him down," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "He saw a doctor in New Orleans, and there's some suspicion he may have a labrum tear."
Carlos Hernandez sent down
(3/30/2006) Houston reassigned LHP Carlos Hernandez to their minor league camp Monday.
Hernandez gets some work in
(3/29/2006) Carlos Hernandez, who is still in line for the Astros' fifth starting spot, threw 61 pitches and allowed two runs in minor league camp.
Hernandez reassigned, but not out
(3/27/2006) Left-hander Carlos Hernandez was reassigned to minor league camp Monday morning, but he might not be out of the fight for the fifth starter job. Right-handers Fernando Nieve, Taylor Buchholz and Steve Sparks remain in the battle. Nieve and Buchholz are on the 40-man roster, but the Astros don't need a fifth starter until April 11, so manager Phil Garner says Hernandez is still a possibility. "As we're trying to schedule out the innings, (Hernandez) sits in a better position actually to be able to go to the minor leagues as a non-roster player and pitch," Garner said. "If we would send out a potential No. 5 that's on the roster, he couldn't come back to pitch on the 11th. The 10 days wouldn't happen until the 12th. This actually keeps him in a good spot. I feel like he's going to need the full complement of the next three outings to be ready."
Hernandez still in mix to be No. 5
(3/26/2006) The Astros reassigned RHP Ezequiel Astacio to the minor leagues, leaving Wandy Rodriguez, Carlos Hernandez, Fernando Nieve and Taylor Buchholz competing for the final two spots in the Astros' rotation this April -- at least until Roger Clemens makes his May 1 decision on free agency or retirement. Rodriguez is all but certain to be the No. 4, so Hernandez, Nieve and Buchholz will each have one more chance to win the No. 5 spot.
Hernandez falls apart in fourth
(3/24/2006) LHP Carlos Hernandez, a non-roster invitee who is trying to earn the fifth spot in the starting rotation, made his first Grapefruit League start Thursday. He cruised through his first three innings, giving up only one unearned run, but he struggled in the fourth and gave up three runs that inning on home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui.
Hernandez has big start coming
(3/23/2006) LHP Carlos Hernandez will make one of the most important starts of camp Thursday against the Yankees. Because he left camp to join Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Hernandez hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game. He threw four innings against Class A players Sunday, but he must show something Thursday if he wants to stay in the hunt for the fifth spot in the rotation.
C. Hernandez could start in minors
(3/21/2006) Left-hander Carlos Hernandez, who faced only one batter in the World Baseball Classic while playing for Team Venezuela, got back to work on trying to win a spot in the Astros' rotation. Because Houston won't need a fifth starter until April 11, he'll likely start the season at Triple-A Round Rock even if he wins the fifth spot. He has a ton of catching up to do, however, because he didn't throw much for Venezuela. Hernandez, who also missed two days with an upper-respiratory infection after he returned from the WBC, got back to work by throwing 49 pitches in a Class A game on Sunday.
Hernandez misses return with infection
(3/17/2006) MLB.com reports LHP Carlos Hernandez has been sidelined with an apparent infection. "It appears to be an upper respiratory infection," Astros manager Phil Garner said Thursday. "He and [catcher Humberto] Quintero are off the trip today because of that reason."
(3/17/2006) LHP Carlos Hernandez, who didn't get much work for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, returned to the Astros on Thursday. Hernandez faced only one hitter in the WBC, giving up David Ortiz's two-run homer. Because Hernandez is fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation, he must take advantage of these next two weeks. Hernandez's work with Venezuela didn't help him one bit in his quest to return to the majors for the first time since 2004. "He threw to one hitter. How much throwing he did in between, (pitching coach Jim) Hickey will find out," manager Phil Garner said. "He's not ready to throw very much, I don't think. He's missed 10 days. He left on (March 3 and threw) probably on the (7th), so I don't know how much throwing he's done. We'll have to see."
Astros' fifth spot still open
(3/14/2006) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros managed Phil Garner says the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation remains open between "Carlos Hernandez, Ezequiel Astacio, Taylor Buchholz, Fernando Nieve, perhaps Jason Hirsch and anybody else that steps up and looks like can do the job. Maybe Steve Sparks."
Hernandez fighting for a spot
(2/23/2006) Astros LHP Carlos Hernandez, a former top prospect who has been slowed by shoulder problems, is back at camp as a minor league free agent and hopes to compete for the final spot in the rotation. Hernandez threw the ball well in winter ball, going 7-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
Hernandez re-signs with Astros
(1/9/2006) Houston agreed to minor-league contracts with left-hander Carlos Hernandez and catcher Alan Zinter, and invited the pair to spring training. Minor-league right-hander Jared Gothreaux also was invited to spring training.
Astros' Hernandez becomes FA
(10/18/2005) The Astros sent LHP Carlos Hernandez outright to Triple-A Round Rock. Hernandez refused the assignment, though, and is now a free agent.
Carlos Hernandez heating up
(8/20/2005) General manager Tim Purpura was impressed by the performance of LHP Carlos Hernandez at Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. Hernandez, who missed the 2003 season after shoulder surgery and has been slow to come back, threw seven shutout innings against Nashville and allowed only three hits. "I'm real encouraged by that," Purpura said. "His last three starts have been good and he's put himself in a good position. As a starter, he's probably our best option (for callup) right now."
Hernandez out Astros' No. 5 starter
(4/2/2005) Carlos Hernandez was demoted to the minor leagues, losing out in his bid to become the Astros' fifth starter. He struggled this spring with a 7.88 ERA, seven walks and just three strikeouts in eight innings.
C. Hernandez healthy enough to compete
(3/17/2005) Pete Munro's release Wednesday means Tim Redding, Carlos Hernandez, Dave Burba and top prospect Ezequiel Astacio are the leading candidates left in the race to be Houston's No. 5 pitcher.
Astros exclude Hernandez from NLDS
(10/5/2004) Carlos Hernandez will not be on the roster for the National League Division Series due to a drop in velocity, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Carlos Hernandez to go Thursday
(8/18/2004) Hernandez has been moved up to Thursday's game at Philadelphia in place of Andy Pettitte (elbow).
Astros' Hernandez to start again
(8/16/2004) Carlos E. Hernandez is likely to start Friday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I liked the way he pitched (this past Saturday)," Astros manager Phil Garner said.
Carlos Hernandez to go Saturday
(8/12/2004) Hernandez is the scheduled starter for Saturday's game at Montreal. He is replacing Darren Oliver (shoulder), who is on the 15-day disabled list.
Carlos Hernandez recalled
(8/11/2004) The Astros recalled Hernandez from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.
Astros' Hernandez making progress
(6/21/2004) Houston general manager said Carlos Hernandez has made enough progress at Triple-A New Orleans to help the Astros this season. "He seems to be throwing the ball better," Hunsicker said. "I don't think a month ago he felt he could come up here and help us, and that's beginning to change."
Astros' Hernandez tosses gem
(6/14/2004) Astros left-hander Carlos Hernandez, currently building arm strength with Triple-A New Orleans, tossed seven shutout innings on Sunday. He allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out five batters. For the season, Hernandez is now 4-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 starts.
Carlos Hernandez sent down
(3/19/2004) The Houston Chronicle reports that Hernandez was demoted by Houston to Triple-A New Orleans Thursday.
Carlos Hernandez faces hitters
(3/10/2004) Hernandez (shoulder surgery) allowed two runs in two innings on Tuesday.
Carlos Hernandez to minors?
(1/29/2004) The Houston Chronicle says because Carlos Hernandez is coming off shoulder surgery, he will likely begin the season in the minors.
Carlos Hernandez passes test
(7/30/2003) The Houston Chronicle reports that Hernandez (shoulder) threw off the mound for the first time since his surgery in February. He threw for eight minutes at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Carlos E. Hernandez placed on DL
(3/30/2003) Hernandez (shoulder surgery) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. He is expected to miss the 2003 season.
Houston's Hernandez undergoes surgery
(2/5/2003) Astros pitcher Carlos E. Hernandez underwent surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle says Dr. James Andrews found and repaired a small tear of the labrum and another tear in the pitcher's rotator cuff. GM Gerry Hunsicker estimates the recovery time to be nine to 11 months.
Hernandez will miss the 2003 season
(2/4/2003) Hernandez is out for the season. He underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in his rotation cuff and labrum in the left shoulder. Gerry Hunsicker, Astros general manager, said Hernandez is expected to miss nine to 11 months to recover.
Houston's Hernandez to miss the season
(2/4/2003) Carlos E. Hernandez will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. "I think it's safe to say we'll be without his services for this year," GM Gerry Hunsicker told the Houston Chronicle. "Until the doctor gets in there and decides what needs to be done, we won't know how long it will take to recover."
(1/10/2003) Hernandez (shoulder) has temporarily halted his rehabilitation due to discomfort. His left shoulder has been diagnosed as having impingements, and he will cease his offseason rehabilitation program in Venezuela to travel to Birmingham, Ala., to be examined by Dr. James Andrews. Hernandez is beginning to look like a major risk in Fantasy leagues for 2003, and you should monitor his status in the coming weeks before deciding whether to draft him.
(11/1/2002) The Houston Chronicle reports that Hernandez, who missed the final three weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, is working out in the Astros' training facility in Venezuela. The team will monitor his progress during the offseason, but he should be ready for spring training.
(9/24/2002) An MRI exam on Hernandez's left shoulder disclosed an impingement in his left shoulder and rotator cuff tendinitis. Hernandez plans to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. He probably won't pitch again this season.
(9/20/2002) Hernandez told the Houston Chronicle his shoulder felt better after receiving treatment Thursday. Hernandez, who is considering having arthroscopic surgery, won't throw at least until after having an MRI on Monday. Don't expect him to pitch again this season.
(9/18/2002) Don't expect Hernandez to pitch again this season. He hasn't even warmed up since being scratched from Wednesday's game on Sept. 15. "If I don't get better, the next step will be to take another MRI to see if anything is seriously wrong or if it's just tendinitis," Hernandez told The Houston Chronicle. Brad Lidge has replaced Hernandez in the rotation.
(9/16/2002) Brad Lidge will replace Hernandez in the starting rotation Wednesday. "We're going to basically stay in rotation except for Carlos Hernandez," Astros manager Jimy Williams told the Houston Chronicle. "His shoulder is bothering him a little bit, so we're going to start Lidge in his spot in that second game there in Milwaukee." Consider reserving Hernandez this week. He probably won't get a start.
(8/22/2002) Hernandez felt better this time. In his second start since returning from the disabled list on Sunday, Hernandez scattered four hits over six innings Wednesday. Hernandez tied a career high with eight strikeouts and walked three to pick up a win. It was his first win since beating the Cubs on May 31. He had been on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder. Hernandez appears to have regained the form he showed last season. consider picking him up if you need a pitcher in an NL-only league.
(8/20/2002) The Houston Chronicle reports that Hernandez will start Wednesday's game. He started Sunday's game, but only threw 34 pitches because of a rain delay. Peter Munro was originally scheduled to start on Wednesday, but relieved Hernandez on Sunday.
(8/19/2002) Hernandez was activated from the disabled list Sunday and made his first start since July 1, when a sore shoulder sent him to the disabled list. The left-hander gave up one hit in two innings -- a homer in the second. He didn't last more than two innings because the game was delayed by rain for nearly three hours. However, Hernandez should be a helpful Fantasy pitcher now that he is active.
(8/14/2002) The Astros still have not decided whether they want to activate Hernandez from the disabled list. A decision will be made Thursday after he is evaluated by manager Jimy Williams and the Astros' pitching coach during a side session. Hernandez, on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder, made his third minor-league rehab start Monday. Monitor his prgress. He might be a helpful Fantasy pitcher if he returns to the major leagues this season.
(8/13/2002) With Astros' general manager Gerry Hunsicker looking on, Hernandez made his third minor-league rehab start at Double-A Round Rock Monday. He allowed two earned runs in five innings and didn't report any pain in his injured left shoulder. The Astros will make a decision on his status later on this week, but it appears that Hernandez will be activated from the disabled list. "I don't know that anymore appearances in the minor leagues is going to serve any purposes," Hunsicker told the Houston Chronicle. Monitor his status in the next few days. He might be a solid Fantasy pitcher when he returns.
(8/9/2002) Hernandez, on the disabled list since July 2 because of shoulder inflammation, will be evaluated during his next minor-league rehab start on Aug. 12. "I'll be at his next start," general manager Gerry Hunsicker told the Houston Chronicle. "We'll see how he does Monday (Aug. 12) and then go from there. I would anticipate when he is ready, he'll go into the rotation." Follow Hernandez's progress. He might be a useful Fantasy pitcher once he returns to the starting rotation.
(8/8/2002) Hernandez, on the disabled list since July 7 with a sore shoulder, was scheduled to work another rehab assignment at Round Rock on Wednesday night. He will have one more next Monday and the Astros could recall him after that. Monitor his progress. Hernandez is capable of being a productive Fantasy pitcher when healthy.
(8/7/2002) Hernandez, who has been on the disabled list since July 2 with left shoulder inflammation, will make his second rehabiliation start Wednesday at Double-A Round Rock. He will be limited to a maximum of four innings or 65 pitches. Hernandez is getting close to returning to the Astros, but you'll want to see him throw a couple starts to get back to full strength before considering using him.
(8/4/2002) Hernandez allowed one hit over three scoreless innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A New Orleans. Hernandez, who threw 39 pitches, has been on the 15-day DL since July 2 because of a sore left shoulder. He might return before the end of August.
(8/2/2002) According to published reports, Hernandez will start a rehab assignment this weekend. He is on the DL with a shoulder injury and he might return before the end of August.
(7/24/2002) The Houston Chronicle reports Hernandez felt no pain in his shoulder during a bullpen session on Tuesday. If all goes well, he'll throw one more simulated game before going on a rehab assignment. His return date has not been set.
(7/19/2002) Hernandez, who has been on the disabled list since July 2 with shoulder soreness, will throw off the mound for the second time in three days on Friday. He threw off the mound Wednesday for eight minutes but reported some discomfort, according to The Houston Chronicle. Hernandez remains a long way from being activated, as he needs to throw without pain before he can make the next step in his rehabilitation.
(7/12/2002) Hernandez, currently on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, has begun playing catch from 60 feet. "It felt a little strange because of the time I had without throwing a ball," he told the Houston Chronicle. "But I felt really good. It was only 60 feet. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to play catch from 90 feet." No timetable has been set for Hernandez's return.
(7/2/2002) The Astros placed Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sore pitching shoulder. He was expected to be replaced on the roster following Tuesday's game in Cincinnati, and it is unclear who will take his rotation spot, which comes up again Saturday. Hernandez had been fairly ineffective of late, and this move might give him the necessary rest for him to come back strong later in the season.
(7/2/2002) Hernandez was shelled on Monday night, retiring only four batters, allowing six earned runs on four hits and walking four batters. He has pitched only 3 1/3 innings in his past two starts.
(7/1/2002) Hernandez is expected to make the start on Monday. This is good news for Fantasy owners, who might get two starts from Hernandez in the upcoming week.
(6/28/2002) Hernandez will have his sore left shoulder re-evaluated Friday, according to The Houston Chronicle. He might be able to start Friday if his condition isn't too serious. Hernandez's season was shortened last season because of a partially torn left rotator cuff. Monitor his status during the weekend before making out your roster for next week.
(6/27/2002) Hernandez will miss Thursday's start against Arizona due to a stiff shoulder. "I just found out about the problem today and we don't know how severe it is," Astros manager Jimy Williams said. According to The Houston Chronicle, the club will either go with Roy Oswalt or middle reliever Nelson Cruz to start for Hernandez.
(4/9/2002) With the Astros scheduled to have two days off during their current road trip, Hernandez will have his turn in the starting rotation skipped on Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle reports that he will not start again until Apr. 20 at Astros Field. Wade Miller, Roy Oswalt, Shane Reynolds and Dave Mlicki will be used on their normal four days' rest. Hernandez will be used out of the bullpen, but don't expect to get a lot of production from him this week or next week for that matter. Hernandez will only have one start next week.
(3/20/2002) Hernandez has been named Houston's fifth starter, and Tim Redding will begin the season in the bullpen. Hernandez is definitely worth a look in NL-only leagues.
(10/27/2001) Hernandez is scheduled to have another MRI on his left shoulder in early November. He suffered a partial tear in his left rotator cuff while diving back into second base on August 29 against Cincinnati and missed the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old Hernandez was 1-0, allowing two runs in 17. 2 innings after joining the team on August 15.
(9/8/2001) Hernandez made quite an impression on the Houston Astros this season. Now, however, his season is over. The Astros on Friday announced that the rookie lefthander has a partially torn rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Hernandez, 21, began his major league career with 13 scoreless innings over two starts last month, filling in admirably for injured veteran Shane Reynolds. But the lanky Venezuelan lasted just 4.2 innings in his third and final start on August 29. An MRI revealed the rotator cuff injury Friday. Consider holding him for next year if you are in a keeper league.
(9/5/2001) It is unclear when Hernandez will make his next start. He is still recovering from minor neck, knee, and elbow injuries he suffered while running the bases last week, and missed a scheduled outing on September 3. Look for him to make another start before the end of the week.
(8/31/2001) Hernandez will make his next start despite a base-running debacle in his last start. He left Tuesday's game after 4.2 innings due to a slightly injured right elbow, right knee and neck suffered while running the bases in the third inning.
(8/30/2001) Hernandez left Tuesday's game after 4.2 innings due to a slightly injured right elbow, right knee and neck suffered while running the bases in the third inning. He threw 84 pitches and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Hernandez will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but is not expected to miss his next start Monday in Cincinnati. Keep him active for now.
(8/19/2001) Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings in his major league debut to lead Houston to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Hernandez, called up from Double-A Round Rock on Tuesday, replaced Shane Reynolds, who was scratched with a stiff lower back. Consider Hernandez as a pickup in NL-only leagues.
(8/15/2001) According to the Houston Chronicle, the Astros are expected to recall Hernandez from Double-A Round Rock on Wednesday to join the bullpen. "This is a chance for one of our top young pitchers to get his feet wet and help us down the stretch," general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. "I'm not afraid to give these kids an opportunity if they prove they deserve it. This kid has really matured and the fact he is lefthanded is definitely a plus for us." Hernandez is a good keeper-league pick for NL-only owners to consider. He's not a good pick for the remainder of this season, however, as long as he remains in relief.