Hernandez (wrist) drew a walk in his only plate appearance during Wednesday's win over the Rockies. Wednesday marked his first plate appearance since Sept. 12 due to a sprained wrist. It was thought that Hernandez would possibly miss the remainder of the season due to the ailment, but that no longer appears to be the case. He'll continue to serve as the club's fourth outfielder down the stretch, but his shaky wrist could limit his starts.
Manager Bruce Bochy reported that Hernandez (wrist) is available off the bench during Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. It was recently revealed that Hernandez could miss significant time with his sprained left wrist, but Bochy's statement seems to contradict that report. With the news that he's available off the bench, it seems that Hernandez is simply a day-to-day case moving forward.
Hernandez has a sprained left wrist and will miss significant time, potentially the rest of the season, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Wrist sprains usually take at least two weeks to heal, so don't expect Hernandez to suit up again in 2017. If his season is indeed over, his season will end with a .251 average, .635 OPS, 10 stolen bases and no home runs.
Hernandez led off and went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee. Denard Span was given the day off, so Hernandez took over as the Giants' center fielder and leadoff man. The 29-year-old has quietly put together a strong month of August with a .359 batting average, five doubles and two steals in 60 plate appearances. Hernandez's status as the club's fourth outfielder -- assuming Hunter Pence (hamstring) makes his expected return Friday -- limits his value to daily fantasy formats during his current hot streak.
Hernandez will hit leadoff and play center field Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Hernandez will fill in atop the lineup for the lefty-hitting Denard Span, who will rest with the Diamondbacks bringing southpaw Patrick Corbin to the hill. While Hernandez will benefit from a cushy lineup spot Sunday, it's expected that he'll settle back into a bench role against right-handed pitching for the foreseeable future following Jarrett Parker's (shoulder) return from the disabled list Thursday.
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