After two long injury-plagued seasons, Marco Hernandez is finally back in the majors. According to the team, the Red Sox promoted the second baseman prior to Saturday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. In a corresponding move, first baseman Mitch Moreland has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a quad injury.
Marco Hernandez Returns to Major League Baseball
Marco Hernandez battled back from one of the worst injury cases in recent Red Sox memory. The versatile infielder last played in Boston during April of the 2017 season. The second baseman injured his shoulder early in the season and had to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. The lefty was supposed to return for the start of the 2018 season, but re-aggravated the injury and had to undergo yet another shoulder surgery.
Hernandez started the year on the injured list but has been making some noise in the minors. Hernandez has played in 42 minor league games this year, recording a .299/.356/.442 slash line with a 112 wRC+ in 174 plate appearances. He started out the year with High-A Salem but soon jumped up to AAA Pawtucket. In 21 games with Pawtucket, Hernandez owns a .303/.337/.500 slash line with a 104 wRC+.
Hernandez doesn’t project as an everyday starter but he has the tools to be a valuable utility player. In 61 career major league games, Hernandez owns a .284/.328/.349 slash line with an 80 wRC+. During his major and minor league career, Hernandez has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and right field.
In a corresponding move, the Red Sox have placed first baseman Mitch Moreland on the injured list. Moreland suffered a quad injury early in Boston’s 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This was Moreland’s first game back from the injured list, and he came back without a rehab assignment. Fortunately, Moreland didn’t re-aggravate the previous injury. With Steve Pearce also on the injured list, Hernandez will probably see time at second base while Michael Chavis holds down first base duties.