A sore shoulder will keep Hernandez from starting Monday night as the Mets look to continue their dominance of the Florida Marlins this season in the opener of a three-game series.
Hernandez (2-1, 2.53 ERA) flew to New York on Sunday to have the pain in his pitching shoulder checked out after telling the Mets (15-8) about the problem when he arrived at RFK Stadium before Sunday’s 1-0 win over Washington. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with bursitis in the shoulder, and will be replaced by Chan Ho Park.
Hernandez has given up two runs or less in four of his five starts, boosting a Mets staff that’s missing ace Pedro Martinez and top setup man Duaner Sanchez, both because of shoulder injuries. Also, reliever Guillermo Mota won’t be available to pitch until at least late May after he tested positive last year for a performance-enhancing substance.
Hernandez gave up four hits and struck out five in seven shutout innings, but did not factor in the decision as the Mets beat Colorado 2-1 on Tuesday night.
In his previous start, Hernandez allowed two runs - one earned - and three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings to earn the victory as the Mets beat the Marlins 11-3 on April 19.
Park was 3-1 with a 7.29 ERA in four starts with Triple-A New Orleans, allowing 26 hits in 21 innings—including six homers. The right-hander went 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 24 appearances with San Diego last season.
The Mets had just three hits - including a solo home run from Carlos Beltran - in Sunday’s game, as they rested struggling first baseman Carlos Delgado (.187 batting average) and catcher Paul Lo Duca. Both players should be back in the lineup Monday against a Marlins team New York outscored 20-5 en route to wins on April 19 and 20.
“I know what I need to fix. I haven’t fixed it yet. I feel like I’m rushing, pulling off,” Delgado said.
The Mets were also without second baseman Jose Valentin (right knee) on Sunday, as he traveled to New York to have an MRI on his right knee after leaving Saturday’s game in the fourth inning. His status for Monday is uncertain.
Florida (11-13) has lost three of five following a three-game winning streak.
After collecting 32 hits in their previous two games, the Marlins didn’t have any through six innings against Jamie Moyer on Sunday and ended up with four in a 6-1 loss to Philadelphia. Florida entered the game with a hit in 21 straight innings.
The Marlins will send Scott Olsen (2-1, 6.23 ERA) to the mound Monday. The left-hander is coming off his strongest start of the season, but did not receive a decision after giving up three runs and eight hits while striking out 10 in Florida’s 4-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Olsen has a 3.81 ERA and no decisions in four starts against the Mets.