Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a steal, an RBI double and three runs scored in the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets. Hernandez was poor along with most of his teammates in the blowout lost in the first game of the day, but came alive for the nightcap. He stole home with an excellent slide while Nick Williams was caught in a rundown in the second inning, his 15th steal of the season. He's on pace for 20 steals, which would beat his career high by one. The second baseman has also already set a career high with 10 homers.
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Padres. The .371 on-base percentage is nice and should keep Hernandez atop the order for Philadelphia, but he's lost nearly 50 points off his slugging percentage from a year ago, and worst of all, he's not running right now. Hernandez hasn't stolen a base since July 9 and he has attempted just one steal since that date. With the Phillies adding Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilson Ramos (hamstring) and Justin Bour, they may not feel the need to force it in the running game very often down the stretch.
Hernandez recorded a pinch-hit double in Sunday's loss to the Reds. Hernandez has been on the bench for four of the Phillies' last eight games while battling lingering foot soreness, dating back to when he fouled a ball off his foot in early July. The recent acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera means the Phillies could theoretically give Hernandez 10 days of rest in the form of a trip to the disabled list. However, the fact that he's appeared off the bench on all four occasions suggests the team doesn't think he needs that kind of time off, so no such move seems imminent.
Hernandez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds. With the Phillies inserting new acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera at second base in the series finale, Hernandez will head to the bench for the second time in four games. Rookie Scott Kingery and third baseman Maikel Franco are seemingly more at risk of losing out on at-bats to Cabrera, but the latter's addition to the roster should also result in Hernandez missing out on more starts than he otherwise would receive.
Hernandez is not in the lineup versus the Dodgers on Wednesday. Hernandez went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts during Tuesday's game. That marked his first game back in the lineup since Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, as he had been battling some lingering foot soreness. With that in mind, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him receive a day off following Tuesday's 16-inning affair. Jesmuel Valentin will start at second base and bat eighth.