LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two players to be named or cash considerations. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
"Roberto provides us with another big league starting pitcher, who has pitched well this year, particularly the last seven starts," said Colletti. "He has postseason experience and helps fortify the rotation down the stretch."
Hernandez, who will turn 34 on Aug. 30, has been terrific in his last seven trips to the mound, going 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA (15 ER/47.1 IP) while averaging nearly 7.0 innings per start. During this stretch that began on June 23, Hernandez has limited opponents to a .194 average while allowing just one home run. On the season, the native of the Dominican Republic is 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 23 games (20 starts).
Hernandez made his big league debut in 2006 and spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland, having a career year with the Indians in 2007, going 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA. Hernandez made three starts for Cleveland during their 2007 postseason run, including a 9.0-inning start in which he allowed just one run on three hits vs. the Yankees in the ALDS. Following that season, Hernandez finished fourth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.
The 2010 All-Star has appeared in 237 games (197 starts) with Cleveland (2006-12), Tampa Bay (2013) and Philadelphia (2014). He has eight career complete games, a career opponents' batting average of .268 and 755 strikeouts in 1,221.0 innings.
The Indians' Opening Day starter in 2011 was formerly known as Fausto Carmona until 2012. Hernandez was tonight's scheduled starter for the Phillies and previously faced the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw in Philadelphia on May 23, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings.
Hernandez was originally signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent on Dec. 28, 2000.