Sox ink Hernandez

The Red Sox added another pitcher today, signing free-agent righthander Runelvys Hernandez to a Triple-A contract and inviting him to spring training.

The 28-year-old Hernandez was released by the Royals earlier this month after struggling through much of the season. He was 6-10 with a 6.48 ERA in 21 starts with the Royals, though he did have a five-start stretch from Aug. 10-Sept. 1 in which he recorded a 2.88 ERA and a 3-1 record.

Hernandez, who missed the 2004 season after ligament replacement surgery, is 25-33 with a 5.38 ERA in his 78 career starts with Kansas City over four seasons.

Information from the Red Sox media relations department was used in this report.