Hernandez played with a broken foot for much of the second half of the season after fouling a pitch off his foot in July, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. The injury wasn't serious enough to require surgery and has since healed, general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday. The effect of the injury can be seen in the second baseman's stats. Through July 20, he was hitting .273/.381/.386 with 14 steals, but after that date he swiped just five bags while hitting .223/.319/.326. If the Phillies trust that his second-half struggles were purely injury-related, Hernandez could return to a spot near the top of the team's lineup in 2019.
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Saturday's win over the Braves. Hernandez plated Jose Bautista and Scott Kingery in the bottom of the seventh inning to open up the scoring in an eventual 3-0 win. The second baseman's combination of 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases, gathered over 160 games and 704 plate appearances, has kept him close to must-start territory in many mixed leagues -- especially in formats where his shareholders can utilize his .357 on-base percentage. The 28-year-old has one more possible game to add to his strong season and should head into 2019 fantasy drafts as a potentially profitable bargain -- unless the Phillies throw a wrench into his playing-time access with their roster construction.
Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. The homer was a leadoff shot off Jose Urena, giving Hernandez homers in back-to-back games for the first time this season and extending his career-high total to 13. The second baseman has hit .343 with an .866 OPS over his last eight games.
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Marlins. His fifth-inning shot completed the Phillies' comeback from an early 4-0 deficit, and four relievers then combined to make the slender lead hold up. Hernandez has a career-high 12 homers and 52 RBI on the year while tying his personal best in runs with 85, but his .257 batting average remains far below the .294 marks he posted in both of the last two seasons.
Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Marlins. Hernandez has been dropped in the order lately, batting ninth or seventh in his last three appearances. He earned that demotion after a poor August in which he hit just .215 with a .631 OPS. Tuesday's output was a step in the right direction, though he'll need a run of similar games if he's to reclaim his spot atop the Phillies' order, especially with Roman Quinn (who's led off five of the last eight games) hitting an excellent .346/.363/.538.