A slightly arduous outing, but it's nothing Hernandez isn't familiar with in his journey through the Majors. He's now nine years removed from his 2007 campaign with the Indians when he won 19 games with a 3.06 ERA and finished fourth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
"It was a little difficult, but I just tried to keep my focus and go out there and pitch a good game," Hernandez said through a translator. "That's really what I was focused on."
He has become a journeyman since Cleveland released him in 2012, seeing time with the Rays, Phillies, Dodgers and Astros over the past four years. He was also signed and released by the Blue Jays twice, unsure if he would ever pitch again in the Majors when the Braves signed him to a Minor League deal on July 15.
He made three starts in Triple-A before the Braves came calling after Aaron Blair landed on the disabled list, and Hernandez made the most of his chance.
"It's always a great opportunity to pitch in the big leagues, so I was very emotional to get the opportunity to pitch today," Hernandez said. "It was a wonderful experience and just keep going forward and make the most of it and take it from here."
Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Braves on Saturday.