Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Nationals. Hernandez got his first start since Thursday and took advantage by hitting his sixth home run of the season, one that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. The return of Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe has crowded the Dodgers' infield and caused Hernandez to lose at-bats. Moving forward, he figures to see most of his at-bats come with left-handed pitchers on the mound, and he will fill in all over the field defensively.
Hernandez will start in center field and bat fifth Thursday against the Marlins, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Hernandez enjoyed a quasi-full-time role with the Dodgers through most of April while Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe spent time on the disabled list, but with both injured players reinstated Tuesday, it's expected that Hernandez will now see most of his starting opportunities in center field on the short side of a platoon with Joc Pederson. While Hernandez doesn't project to see consistent at-bats outside of weeks in which the Dodgers face lefty-heavy pitching schedules, the 26-year-old should make for a quality punt-play in DFS whenever he's included in the lineup versus southpaws. Over 503 career plate appearances against lefties, Hernandez owns a .263/.358/.500 slash line, good for a 131 wRC+.
Hernandez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Reds, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Hernandez will head to the bench for the second time in three games with a right-hander (Tyler Mahle) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Left-handed hitting Joc Pederson will once again start in center field in his stead, suggesting the two could ultimately settle into a platoon.
Hernandez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Hernandez will take a seat for the second time in three games while Joc Pederson picks up another start in center field. Hernandez has started five of eight games -- at four different positions -- since Corey Seager (elbow) was ruled out for the remainder season.
Hernandez is out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres. Hernandez started five of the past six games, slotting in at a different position in each game. He'll likely continue to have an increased workload the rest of the way with Corey Seager out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.