The Angels have acquired righty David Hernandez from the Braves for a player to be named later or cash, according to a club announcement. Hernandez is expected to immediately join the Halos’ major-league roster, a source told SB Nation.
Hernandez, who turns 32 next month, has allowed just one earned run while striking out nine batters and saving four games in eight innings for the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett so far this season. The Halos will be his third organization of the season, as he originally signed a minor-league deal with the Giants before opting out at the end of spring training and signing a new deal with Atlanta.
The Angels have been hammered by bullpen injuries so far this year, with Andrew Bailey, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin and Huston Street currently on the disabled list with a variety of ailments. Hernandez will join Blake Parker and Bud Norris as back-end bullpen options for the team in the wake of those injuries, though its not immediately clear who will close.
Hernandez spent last year with the Phillies, posting a 3.84 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in 72.2 innings after signing a one-year deal during the Winter Meetings. He is a veteran of seven major-league seasons with the Orioles (2009-10), Diamondbacks (2011-15) and Phillies (2016), owning a lifetime 4.10 ERA and 20 saves.