Hernandez (personal) has rejoined the Dodgers, and he's starting at shortstop and batting eighth Monday against the Phillies, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. Hernandez is back with the Dodgers after missing their weekend series against the Nationals while attending to a family matter. While the utility man is starting at shortstop in his return to the lineup, he's expected to start in left field against left-handed pitchers down the stretch.
Hernandez has been excused from the team for the time being to attend to a personal matter, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Hernandez's grandfather passed away, so the team has allowed him to return to Puerto Rico to be with his family. It remains to be seen when he will be ready to return to the team, and who will fill his role in his absence.
Manager Dave Roberts said Hernandez will start in left field against left-handed pitchers moving forward, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Curtis Granderson has struggled mightily since joining the Dodgers -- slashing just .107/.256/.267 in 75 at-bats -- so he'll settle into a platoon with Hernandez down the stretch. Hernandez has hit .261/.354/.580 with 10 homers in 158 plate appearances against southpaws this season.
Hernandez started in left and batted cleanup Wednesday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in a 5-4 win over the White Sox. Hernandez continues to torment left-handed starters this season, batting .259 with 10 homers in just 116 at-bats against southpaws. The 25-year-old's inability to hit righties (.185 with one homer in 119 at-bats) limits his value to daily fantasy formats when he is in the lineup. The Dodgers aren't scheduled to face any lefties in their next 10 contests, so Hernandez will be confined to a bench role for the foreseeable future.
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI on Thursday in Arizona. Hernandez did all his damage with a three-run double in the first inning off left-handed starter Anthony Banda. The versatile fielder has a wOBA over .400 against southpaws but sits at just .261 when facing righties.
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