Runelvys Hernandez Runelvys Antonio Hernandez (born April 27, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals.
Initially thought of as the right-handed ace of the 2003 Royals team that posted the franchise's first winning record in nine seasons, Hernandez became the opening-day pitcher by winning a coin toss against left-hander Jeremy Affeldt. After spending the first five weeks on the leaderboard in almost every pitching category, Hernandez faltered as he tried to pitch through pain, and his season ended after 16 starts. He finished the season with a 7-5 record but missed the entire 2004 season with Tommy John surgery.
Hernandez has a career record of 11-9 and a career ERA of 4.50 in 28 starts.