Latest On Josh Taylor, Darwinzon Hernandez

The Red Sox have gotten off to a horrid start, but they do have a couple of potentially helpful pitching reinforcements on the way. Manager Ron Roenicke announced Thursday that the Red Sox could activate left-hander Josh Taylor this weekend, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Another southpaw, Darwinzon Hernandez, is on a similar timeline. Neither reliever has pitched this year after testing positive for the coronavirus July 4.

Boston’s pitching staff entered Thursday’s action as one of the worst in the league, and that was before the Rays absolutely teed off on the Red Sox. Any help is welcome, then, and based on what they did last season, Taylor and Hernandez should be able to provide some.

The 27-year-old Taylor had an under-the-radar breakout campaign as a rookie in 2019, in which he logged a 3.04 ERA/3.11 FIP over 47 1/3 innings. Taylor also notched 11.79 K/9 and 3.04 BB/9.

Like Taylor, Hernandez debuted a season ago, tossing 30 1/3 frames. The former standout prospect only mustered a 4.45 ERA with an untenable walk rate of 7.71. At the same time, though, Hernandez averaged 95.5 mph on his fastball and struck out an incredible 16.91 hitters per nine. The 23-year-old ranked first in K/9 among all pitchers who amassed 30-plus innings in 2019.

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