White Sox to call up Pedro Hernandez to start Wednesday (updated)

Well, at least they won't have David Ortiz.

The band-aiding of the crippled White Sox starting rotation will continue tomorrow with LHP Pedro Hernandez expected to make the start against the Red Sox. There is no word as of yet on the corresponding move.

(UPDATE: The White Sox announced after tonight's game that Jhan Marinez is heading back to Charlotte.)

The 23 year old was the secondary piece in the Carlos Quentin trade. He has a fastball that can get into the low 90s. He's got a pretty good low 80s changeup but his third offering, an 80 MPH slutter, isn't much. He's pretty short at 5-10 and kind of stocky. The Venezuelan does have some deception in his delivery, which helps to play up his rather middling stuff.

Hernandez recently earned a promotion to Charlotte from Birmingham. Between the two levels: 80.2 IP, 80 H, 19 BB, 48 K. He throws strikes but he doesn't miss many bats so the White Sox defense better be ready to throw some leather.

Hernandez would be the ninth rookie to pitch for the White Sox this season.

UPDATE (by Jim, 7:34 p.m.): Talking to Buddy Bell last week about all the rookie pitchers, he gave me a brief read on Hernandez:

He's not a real big guy. Hernandez can really pitch. He's more along the lines of [Jose] Quintana. He doesn't have the same cutter; he's more of an old-school left-hander. He's working on his breaking ball, has a good changeup. He's very competitive.

I asked if the comparison to Quintana meant that Hernandez would also lead the staff in ERA. Alas, not quite.

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