Miami Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez has had some really tough luck so far in the 2021 MLB season. Hernandez, a talented pitching prospect, has his eyes set on earning a role in the Marlins starting rotation. In fact, he's recorded 29 career starts for the Marlins over the past four years.
But, this year hasn't been pretty. Hernandez threw just 2.2 innings in his first start of 2021 back in early April before suffering a biceps injury that shelved him for two months. The 26 year old came back and looked solid through 5.0 innings of work on Thursday before another disappointing injury.
Hernandez exited the game after straining his quad while scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning. Manager Don Mattingly informed reporters that Hernandez will be re-evaluated today, however, isn't confident this is a "day-to-day" type injury.
The MLB explored the universal DH throughout the 2020 pandemic-shortened season. The reviews were mainly positive, although the league opted to reinstate the rule of pitchers hitting in the National League for 2021. Hernandez's injury is a classic example of the argument to be made for the universal DH rule.
Mattingly also went on to reveal that he believes this will be a long-term injury. Right now, the Marlins still own the 8th-best pitching staff in the league, recording a 3.51 staff ERA. But, Miami is just 24-31 and sits in fourth in the NL East. The Marlins also have just +2500 odds to win the NL East, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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