Teoscar Hernandez earned his first taste of the big leagues in 2016 after rocketing through the upper levels of the minors. The toolsy 24-year-old outfielder hit a combined .307/.377/.459 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI and 34 stolen bases (on 49 attempts) in 107 games between Double-A and Triple-A, parlaying that success into a promotion to the majors. He appeared in 41 games for the big club, though he was often just used as a pinch hitter against lefties. His power, particularly against lefties, is at least 50-grade, so he has the potential to someday post double-digit steals and homers in a season, but he lacks a true plus tool. In another organization, Hernandez might be poised for everyday duties heading into 2017, but the Astros depth dictates that his best chance of making the big league club out of camp is as the right-handed side of a platoon.
Hernandez (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros will lose their third outfielder due to injury in three games, as Hernandez joins Jake Marisnick (concussion) and George Springer (hamstring) among the wounded. Hernandez, who suffered a bruised lower left leg after colliding with second baseman Jose Altuve in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Indians, will be replaced on the active roster by Tony Kemp. Josh Reddick is expected to see most of the duties in center field until Springer, who is listed as day-to-day, returns to action.
Hernandez, who was carted off the field during Tuesday's game after colliding with Jose Altuve, was diagnosed with a left knee contusion, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Manager A.J. Hinch sounded concerned with Hernandez's condition as he met with reporters following Tuesday's game against the Indians. Hinch stated that Hernandez was "in a lot of pain" as he was carted off of the diamond following his ugly collision with Altuve. It sounds like a DL trip is coming for the 24-year-old. It's an unfortunate break, as Hernandez was just promoted to the majors earlier Tuesday. We'll have to wait to see what the team's plans are for the young outfielder.
Teoscar Hernandez had to be carted off the field during Tuesday's game against the Indians after colliding with Jose Altuve in the field. Altuve was also removed early from Tuesday's game, though he was able to exit under his own power. It appears that Hernandez's injury may be serious due to the fact that he was removed on a cart. His status will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available.
Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. With Jake Marisnick landing on the DL, the Astros opted to bring Hernandez up to the big club. Hernandez played 41 major-league games in 2016. During that time he had a subpar .230 batting average, but managed to bring solid power to the plate as he posted a .420 slugging percentage.
Hernandez would get the call from Triple-A Fresno if Jake Marisnick (concussion) lands on the 7-day DL, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports. Hernandez, like Marisnick, is a righty-hitting outfielder with defensive versatility, so he would be an obvious replacement option. He is hitting .250/.358/.571 with four home runs and three steals (on five attempts) through 56 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League.