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56 Roberto Hernandez SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 8/30/1980 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $3,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 23/11 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Report: Pitcher Roberto Hernandez informed he made Astros roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:16 pm ET) Pitcher Roberto Hernandez has been informed that he made the Astros' Opening Day roster, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle

The 34-year-old Hernandez signed with the Astros on February 12. He went 3-0 with a 3.71 ERA in five spring games. 


Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez making final staff decision difficult


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez is still in the fight for the final spot on the pitching staff. He continued to prove why he belongs Saturday, allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work against the Marlins.

Manager A.J. Hinch continues to like what he's seen from the veteran, who is battling with Asher Wojciechowski, reports MLB.com.

"He had a nice game by getting through some very difficult jams and also getting a lot of ground balls," Hinch said. "I don't know what his total was, but it felt like they were pounding the ball into the ground, which is vintage Roberto Hernandez. There's a reason he's lasted this long in the league and you know what you're going to get and he found a way today."

Hernandez threw 71 pitches Saturday with 43 going for strikes.

"I don't think about that," Hernandez said when asked about his chances of making the team. "I want to continue my work and I never think about, 'Is it my last start?' I'm happy."


Astros' final rotation spot down to Wojciechowski, Hernandez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday that the final spot in the rotation is down between Asher Wojciechowski and Roberto Hernandez, according to the Houston Chronicle

"I'm not really making declarations at this point," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "Coming into next week, we'd like to have a clearer picture, but today, on Thursday, there's still many [bullpen] combos we could go with."

Wojciechowski owns a 1.08 ERA through five spring outings (two starts). He has 13 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Hernandez has 4.50 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 4:5 K:BB ratio over 12 innings of work this spring.


Astros' SP competition down to Hernandez, Deduno, Wojciechowski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) With the demotion of Dan Straily to the minors on Monday, the competition for the final spot in the Astros rotation is down to Roberto Hernandez, Asher Wojciechowski and Samuel Deduno.

Although, general manager Jeff Lunhow seemed to indicate Hernandez, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, might be the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.

"You look at what's going on with other clubs around baseball, and there's a lot of injuries, and having extra pitchers that are major league-caliber is something we value," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Hernandez. "That's definitely a consideration."

Wojciechowski has a 0.75 ERA through four spring outings (one start). Hernandez is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA through four outings (two starts). Deduno is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA through four appearances (one start).


Astros pitchers Straily, Hernandez continue to push for rotation spot


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch likes the position he's in. At some point, he will make a decision between four options for a spot in the starting rotation. Sunday, both Dan Straily and Roberto Hernandez impressed Hinch, reports MLB.com.

"Roberto continues to be the veteran that he is," Hinch said. "He knows what his strengths and weaknesses are; he dials it up when he needs to. He's very trustworthy when it comes to what you're going to get with him."

Hernandez allowed one run on three hits in four innings of work on 49 pitches. Straily also allowed just one run, giving up two hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

"Straily, I thought, threw the ball pretty well, and the ball was coming out of his hands a little bit better than his last outing against Pittsburgh. He continues to utilize all his pitches. He fell behind a couple of those hitters and those are areas where it frustrates him a little bit, but he had outs and had a good inning."


Astros' Roberto Hernandez tosses four one-run innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez allowed just one earned run on three hits and one walk in four innings while striking out two in Sunday's 14-2 win over the Pirates.

When asked to compare the start to his previous outings, the pitcher said, "A little bit different," per the Houston Chronicle. "A little bit more down, more ground balls."

Hernandez is expected to make one more start before manager A.J. Hinch settles on a fifth starter for the team's rotation. He's firmly in the mix to win the role but puts the competition out of his mind once on the mound.

"Whenever I get on the mound, I don’t think about that," Hernandez said. "I think about throw a strike, get the ball down."

Hernandez has posted a 4.50 ERA in 12 spring innings while striking out four and walking five.


Five pitchers still vying for final spot in Astros' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Thursday the final spot in the rotation remains up for grabs, per the Houston Chronicle. The candidates vying for the fifth spot in the rotation are Samuel Deduno, Asher Wojciechowski, Roberto Hernandez, Dan Straily and Alex White.

“It’s the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers,” Hinch said. “They’re always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there’s a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that’s a good thing.”

Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings.

“It’s a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons,” Hinch said. “For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo’s changeup and Deduno’s fastball are pitches that we’re paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."


Astros' Hernandez allows three runs in three innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez surrendered three earned runs on four hits and one walk in three innings Tuesday while striking out one in his team's 13-7 win over the Pirates.

Hernandez, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation this spring, served up one home run but was generally pleased with his performance in the start, his first in Grapefruit League play, MLB.com reports.

"My fastball was moving today," Hernandez said. "Then the fastball was flat on the pitch [Neil Walker] hit for a home run, but I can't control that."

Hernandez was pleased with his control, especially with his slider, saying it was "much better" Tuesday after spending time working on it in his last bullpen session.


Astros' Hernandez throws two innings in first outing this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, made his spring debut Monday against the Blue Jays. Hernandez, who was late to camp due to visa issues, tossed two scoreless innings in relief of starter Collin McHugh.

Hernandez recorded no strikeouts and walked two.


Roberto Hernandez to make Astros' spring debut on Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez will throw a bullpen on Saturday and is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday, per the Houston Chronicle. Hernandez arrived to camp a few days late due to visa issues. He is competing for a spot in the starting rotation.

Astros' Roberto Hernandez arrives at camp, throws in bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez arrived for spring training Thursday and threw in the bullpen. Hernandez missed the first two weeks of camp due to visa issues.

Hernandez, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, said he will throw in the bullpen again Saturday and then should be ready for his spring debut.

“We’ve got to get him off the bullpen mound and then gauge,” manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. “He’s prepared. He’s been working out at the main stadium in Santo Domingo. When he tells me he’s ready, he’ll be inserted. I’m just glad he’s here. Let’s get through one day first and then we’ll plan it out.”


Astros' Hernandez on his way to camp after receiving work visa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, has received his work visa and will travel from the Dominican Republic to the team's spring complex in Florida on Wednesday, per MLB.com. Hernandez will undergo a physical Thursday.

Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Hernandez has been throwing at the Astros complex in the Dominican Republic. But he also added that Hernandez is behind after missing close to two weeks of camp.

“You could argue this is the perfect way to do it, to show up on the first day of games,” Luhnow joked.


Astros' Hinch expecting Roberto Hernandez to report this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday he is expecting starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez to report for camp this week, per MLB.com. He has been away from camp while trying to obtain a work visa.

"I'm expecting him to get here this week," Hinch said. "Games start. He has a locker. He's assured me he's throwing bullpen and he's ready to go.

"No visa problems, it's just taking a long time. He's going to have no problem getting a visa. We signed him late and he has a lengthy process to go through. We're hopeful. We can't wait to see him."


Hernandez's absence could hurt chances of making Astros' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation, has still not arrived for spring training due to visa issues.

While he is throwing bullpen sessions in the Dominican Republic, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Hernandez's absence could cost him a chance to earn a spot in the rotation.

"It's going to depend upon him showing up ready to go," Hinch said, per MLB.com. "He is a veteran guy, so I don't sense that he's going to come in unprepared. But once games start, we're starting to get a little bit behind."


Astros expecting Roberto Hernandez to report to camp this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Wednesday starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez is expected to arrive for spring training later this week. Hernandez has been unable to report due to visa issues.

"It should be any day now, probably traveling tomorrow," Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle.


Astros SP Roberto Hernandez still working on getting visa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez will miss a few more days while he continues to clear up his visa issue, per MLB.com.

"(He) still has a locker, but hasn't showed up yet," Hinch said.


Astros P Roberto Hernandez not expected to arrive until Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Astros aren't expecting starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez to arrive to spring training until Tuesday at the earliest, according to MLB.com.

Hernandez is having issues with his visa since he signed with the Astros late in the free agency process. Manager Jeff Luhnow said the Astros are hopeful in getting Hernandez into camp early next week.

"He's in shape," Luhnow said. "It's just a matter of the paperwork for the visa. He should be here, we're hoping Tuesday, but I'm not going to put an exact time on it. He'll be here as soon as he can. He's trying to stay in shape the best he can."

With the Phillies and Dodgers in 2014, Hernandez went 8-11 and posted a 4.10 ERA.


Astros' Roberto Hernandez could be delayed with visa issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez may be delayed by visa issues, according to the Houston Chronicle

Hernandez signed last Thursday, and is trying to quickly secure a visa. "I haven’t been told he’s going to be late, but he would be the one question," manager A.J. Hinch said. Hernandez's agent said he is trying to get Hernandez's process expediated. 

Hernandez posted a 4.10 ERA over 164 2/3 innings last year. 


Astros bring in veteran pitcher Hernandez on minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) The Astros announced Thursday they signed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor-league contract, which includes an invite to spring training.

The 34-year-old Hernandez went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 appearances (29 starts) between the Phillies and Dodgers in 2014. He is 67-93 with a 4.60 ERA over nine MLB seasons.


Roberto Hernandez lasts four innings vs. Cubs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez didn't factor into the decision Saturday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks in just four-plus innings while striking out four in his team's 8-7 loss to the Cubs.

Hernandez threw more than 30 pitches in the first inning, which included a solo home run, and ended up being removed with 88 pitches to his credit after giving up a double and a walk to lead off the fifth. Hernandez owns a 4.08 ERA and 102:69 K:BB ratio in 159 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies Friday.


Roberto Hernandez settles for a no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez wasn't a factor into the decision Monday night against the Rockies in Colorado. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one over 3 2/3 innings of an 11-3 victory.

Hernandez owns a 4.06 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 155 innings of work. He will look to rebound Saturday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Roberto Hernandez lasts three innings in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez took a loss Tuesday, giving up five runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in just three innings while striking out three in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Padres.

Hernandez (8-11) retired the first two batters in the second inning, but an error extended the inning and the Padres racked up three runs before the damage was finished, with two coming on a double by the opposing pitcher. Hernandez also allowed a two-run home run in the third. He owns a 4.04 ERA and 97:65 K:BB ratio in 151 1/3 innings. Hernandez is scheduled to face the Rockies in Colorado Monday.


Roberto Hernandez allows five runs in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez took a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Nationals.

Hernandez (8-10) was victimized by the long ball Monday, surrendering four home runs after getting through his first four starts with the Dodgers without allowing any home runs. The ugly outing gives him a 4.00 ERA and 94:64 K:BB ratio in 148 1/3 innings. Hernandez is scheduled to face the Padres next Monday.


Roberto Hernandez may start Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez might start Monday, according to MLB.com.

Hernandez threw a bullpen session Friday, and is on pace to throw Monday. Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to pitch Sunday. 


Roberto Hernandez posts quality start in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez picked up a win Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Hernandez (8-9) gave up a two-run single in the second inning to tie the game but watched his offense delivered plenty of support with a six-run fourth inning. He's managed three quality starts in four tries since joining the Dodgers. Hernandez owns a 3.81 ERA and 90:63 K:BB ratio in 144 innings. He's in line to face the Padres Sunday, depending on the status of Hyun-Jin Ryu.