Enrique Hernandez has yet to see even 350 plate appearances in a single season with the Dodgers and it is not imminently clear how that will change in 2018 with the crowded depth chart they have. The shortstop/outfield eligibility is a nice part of his profile, but it is only nice if you can use it and with his playing time limitations, he is only an option for NL-only leagues as a last outfielder or a middle-infield role. He has the other flaw of being a guy that is much better against the short side of a platoon as he rakes lefties while struggling against righties. His profile and abilities are reminiscent of Sean Rodriguez, who eventually found a way to make the most of his opportunities in a similar role. Go look at Rodriguez's 2016 if you would like to see the high end of what Hernandez could be in 2018.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Hernandez could be used on the short side of a platoon at second base with Chase Utley to begin the season with Justin Turner (wrist) set to miss multiple weeks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Turner's absence due to the fractured wrist creates an opening at third base that will primarily be filled by Logan Forsythe, which clears up the keystone for the lefty-hitting Utley and the righty-hitting Hernandez. The news doesn't really change Hernandez's outlook much, as the Dodgers have always made a concerted effort to give the 26-year-old starts against southpaws while deploying him at a number of positions. Hernandez's stellar .270/.364/.518 career line against lefties makes him an appealing DFS play nearly every time he's in the lineup for those matchups.
Hernandez (illness) went 0-for-2 with a walk in Sunday's win against the Giants. Hernandez was able to return to Cactus League play after being listed day-to-day with an illness. He appears to have returned to health and should see his share of starts as he continues to prepare for Opening Day.
Hernandez is back in camp Friday after recovering from an illness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Hernandez has been out since Wednesday, one of many Dodgers who have been sidelined due to illness in the last few days. He should be unaffected by the start of the regular season, as he'll have plenty of time to get up to speed before Opening Day.
Hernandez, along with seven other Dodgers, is not traveling with the team due to an illness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. There is a nasty cold spreading through Dodgers camp this week, and Hernandez is among those who are out sick. Joc Pederson will man center field while Tim Locastro occupies the keystone during Wednesday's exhibition. Consider Hernandez day-to-day.
Hernandez agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. This was his first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player. The 26-year-old utility player didn't do much to move the needle during the regular season, but he was a postseason hero, which may have helped him in these negotiations. Hernandez should once again see semi-regular starts against left-handed pitching.