The Orioles appear likely to promote David Hernandez to the big-league rotation on Thursday, calling the right-hander up from Triple-A Norfolk. Hernandez will be filling in for Koji Uehara, who went to the disabled list on Wednesday with a strained left hamstring.
Hernandez struck out 13 batters in his last outing at Triple-A Norfolk and has posted a 3-1 record and a 2.91 ERA through eight starts. The youngster led the Double-A Eastern League in strikeouts last year and currently ranks second in the International League.
When he arrives, Hernandez will add to Baltimore’s youth-filled rotation. Fellow rookies Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken are already on the staff, and the team’s two other starters — Rich Hill and Jeremy Guthrie — have combined for a little more than five years of service time.