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Reds release David Hernández

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Right-handed reliever David Hernández has been released by the Reds, the team confirmed Sunday. Hernández was designated for assignment on Friday and cleared waivers shortly thereafter.

To say that the 34-year-old righty has had a rough go of it this season would be an understatement. Through 47 appearances for the Reds, he’s produced just two saves alongside an 8.02 ERA, somewhat offset by a solid 11.2 SO/9 and 2.65 SO/BB rate. Complicating matters: a right shoulder strain, which kept him sidelined for two weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Even when healthy, however, he struggled in nearly every outing this month, allowing eight runs, four walks, and striking out just three of 23 batters over 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Still, there’s some reason to believe that Hernández could turn his season around, albeit with a different team. He pitched well during his first campaign with the Reds in 2018, finishing his run with a 2.53 ERA and 1.1 fWAR across 64 innings of relief, and has taken some strides to improve his strikeout rate in 2019 as well. Should he manage to avoid further injury over the next several weeks, he stands a good chance of latching on with another team as the season draws to a close.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.