KANSAS CITY -- The Indians are not evaluating Roberto Hernandez's progress purely based on results. That is a good thing, because the second Minor League appearance on the pitcher's comeback trail was far from sharp.
Pitching for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Hernandez allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings. He ended with two strikeouts and two walks in an 83-pitch effort, during which he stayed around 89-93 mph with his fastball.
"The performance has nothing to do with it," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We're not judging him on going over there and having to throw a no-hitter or a two-hitter every time he goes out. All we want to see is the type of shape he is in, how the ball is coming out of his hand, the stuff. That's all. He's just going down there to finish the rehab and be able to come over here."
Acta indicated that Hernandez will likely make his next Minor League start for Class A (low) Lake County on Sunday. Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) is serving a three-week suspension and will be eligible to be activated from Major League Baseball's restricted list on Aug. 11.