David Hernandez saves Jake Arrieta's first win

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Jake Arrieta won his his MLB debut yesterday despite a tough first matchup against the Yankees, striking out six and pitching around some shaky control to allow three runs in six innings. David Hernandez closed out Arrieta’s first victory by picking up his first save just hours after new manager Juan Samuel officially handed him ninth-inning duties until Alfredo Simon returns from the disabled list next week.
Hernandez struggled mightily in the rotation, going 5-15 with a 5.49 ERA in 27 starts, but racked up tons of strikeouts in the minors and has the raw stuff to potentially thrive as a late-inning reliever. Hernandez’s average fastball as a starter was 93.0 miles per hour, so focusing on short outings should get him into the mid-90s and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samuel give him some save chances even after Simon returns.

The Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.