Hernandez could return from the COVID-19 list early next week, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

The 30-year-old has been inactive since August 26 but manager Alex Cora is hoping he will return sooner rather than later. Hernandez is one of a number of players the Red Sox expect to be reinstated from the COVID list in the coming week, including Xander Bogaerts and Christian Arroyo.

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