Roberto Hernandez sat out the first four-plus months of the season following the revelation that Fausto Carmona was a false identity, but unfortunately for the Indians changing his name hasn’t changed his pitching any.
Hernandez failed to make it out of the third inning last night against the A’s due to an ankle injury and has now allowed 15 runs in 14.1 innings spread over three starts. Within that terrible performance he’s managed a grand total of just two strikeouts in 62 plate appearances, which is worrisome even for a guy who’s never missed many bats.
He also had a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts last season and since what appeared at the time to be a breakout 2007 campaign Hernandez has thrown 659 innings with a 5.06 ERA and ugly 33-51 record. New name, same pitcher.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.