Reds’ Hernandez designated for assignment one day after giving up five runs to Cubs

Caption: Reds reliever David Hernandez, left, reacts after recording the final out of a victory against the Pirates as catcher Tucker Barnhart watches on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Caption: Reds reliever David Hernandez, left, reacts after recording the final out of a victory against the Pirates as catcher Tucker Barnhart watches on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

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The Cincinnati Reds designated for assignment veteran relief pitcher David Hernandez on Friday, one day after he allowed five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

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One season after he posted a 2.52 ERA in 57 appearances, Hernandez’s ERA stood at 8.02 in 47 games. It’s the highest ERA in baseball for anyone who has appeared in more than 30 games.

“In some ways, you get used to it,” said Reds manager David Bell of delivering the news to Hernandez, “but in other ways, you never get used to it, especially when it’s a guy like David who’s had a really successful career. He’s not only been a good pitcher, but he’s been a great teammate. He left an impression on a lot of people. He’s been a great example in the clubhouse. He should be proud of what he’s accomplished.”

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Hernandez allowed at least one earned run in 10 of his last 12 outings and gave up home runs in his last three appearances.

Hernandez, 34, is a 10-year big leaguer. This was his second season in Cincinnati.

Sal Romano was promoted from Triple-A Louisville to take the place of Hernandez in the bullpen. Romano was 4-7 with 4.55 ERA in 37 games.