Hernandez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves. Hernandez is just 3-for-28 against Saturday's opposing starter, Julio Teheran, so manager Pete Mackanin decided to hold him out Saturday. With Hernandez out, J.P. Crawford will move over and cover the keystone for the Phillies.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Hernandez has started four straight games at second base, going 6-for-18 (.333) at the plate over that span, but he'll get the day off as J.P. Crawford steps into the starting lineup in his place. The 27-year-old could miss out on a few more starts as the Phillies continue to make room for Crawford around the infield, but Hernandez is still expected to see the bulk of the starts at second base down the stretch.
Hernandez is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports. The Phillies have been making room for J.P. Crawford in the infield since his callup, but this will be the first time Hernandez loses out on playing time as a result. He is hitting .296/.387/.352 with zero home runs and one steal over his last 54 at-bats. Crawford, who gets the start at the keystone, will hit eighth.
Hernandez doubled, tripled, walked and scored a run over the course of five plate appearances Wednesday against the Marlins. He hit a bit of a skid while the Phillies were out on the West Coast, going 2-for-23 over a five-game span, but Hernandez has collected three extra-base hits in two games since returning home. Although the increase in steals fantasy owners were hoping for hasn't materialized this year, Hernandez has been successful at a far better rate than last season while increasing his power contributions and remaining a reliable source of on-base ability. There's certainly fantasy value in that, although he's better used in deeper formats.
Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins. Hernandez slugged his eighth homer of the season in Game 1 of the doubleheader but also struck out three times in his five plate appearances. He'll give way to Pedro Florimon at second base for Game 2.
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