Braves starter Félix Hernández will sit out the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor of Octagon Sports. Other MLB players to have opted out of the 2020 season are: Mike Leake, Joe Ross, Tyson Ross, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Welington Castillo, and David Price.
Hernández, 34, inked a minor league contract with the Braves in January which would pay him a $1 million salary if he made the major league roster. The veteran right-hander has had it rough in his 30’s, posting an aggregate 4.89 ERA with 382 strikeouts and 175 walks over 467 1/3 innings since 2016. Prior to the league shutting down in March, he was vying for a spot at the back of the starting rotation.
In May, Hernández said that he wanted to reach certain career milestones — 200 wins and 3,000 strikeouts — then retire. He is currently at 169 wins and 2,524 strikeouts.
Now that Hernández will sit out the 2020 season, the No. 5 spot in the rotation appears to be a battle between Kyle Wright and Sean Newcomb.
PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.
The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.
The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.
Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.
Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.
Beasley will be making his major league debut.