This has been a mediocre season up to this point for Hernandez. His 2.86 ERA is solid, but he's seen a decrease in strikeouts and an increase in walks. The fact that he's had an extended trip on the disabled list doesn't help matters. When he does return, King Felix should be completely healthy. We'll see if he can get back to the level he was at in previous years or if he's actually fallen off a bit.
Durant still has several meetings lined up in the coming days, but it's been long assumed that OKC would have the advantage in negotiations. It's possible that Durant will sign a one-year deal with the Thunder and then package himself along with Russell Westbrook on the free agent market next summer. This is a fascinating situation on the surface, but could ultimately end without much drama. Stay tuned.
Pena hit just .219 while backing up Matt Wieters and will now head back to Triple-A where he'll receive regular at-bats. Caleb Joseph has been activated from the disabled list to take Pena's place on the active roster.
Drake was brutal for the Orioles, posting a 9.53 ERA in four appearances. Vance Worley will take his place on the 25-man roster.
Mercilus continues to nurse a hamstring strain, but it isn't expected to keep him out much longer. He should be ready for training camp and will look to build on his strong 2015 campaign where he recorded 52 tackles and 12 sacks.
Worley missed a couple of weeks with a groin strain, but is now fully recovered. He will return to his long relief role with Baltimore, a spot where he has found great success this year. Oliver Drake will return to Triple-A to complete the move.
Joseph is recovered from testicle surgery that sidelined him about a month. Francisco Pena will head back to Triple-A and Joseph will slide right back into his backup catcher role behind Matt Wieters.