Hernandez left Thursday's game against the Tigers with right hamstring tightness, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Hernandez appeared to tweak something after hitting a double. Franchy Cordero pinch ran for him. It's not yet clear how much time Hernandez is expected to miss.
Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs Tuesday against the Tigers. Hernandez reached base multiple times for the first time in his last four starts. His effort was highlighted by a leadoff homer in the eighth inning -- his fourth long ball of the season. Hernandez hasn't had a particularly inspiring start to his first campaign in Boston, as he's managed only a .234/.291/.421 line across 117 plate appearances. However, he has managed to score 18 runs thanks to frequently leading off for the strong Red Sox lineup.
Hernandez (undisclosed) will start at second base and bat leadoff Sunday against the Rangers, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. After colliding with the outfield wall in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Texas, Hernandez was held out of the lineup for the last two games while he was less than 100 percent healthy. The time off appears to have allowed Hernandez to recover, as he'll check back into the starting nine for the series finale. Hernandez will continue to serve as Boston's leadoff man, but his .269 on-base percentage on the season likely makes his hold on the table-setting role a tenuous one.
Hernandez has been out of the lineup Friday and Saturday after he ran into the center field wall Thursday, but he's expected to return Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox haven't specified the nature of Hernandez's injury, but he's apparently banged up following Thursday's game. Alex Verdugo is starting in center field while Franchy Cordero gets the nod in left field Saturday.
Hernandez isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Rangers, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Hernandez has gone hitless with three strikeouts in his last eight at-bats and will be out of the lineup for a second straight contest. Alex Verdugo will shift to center field while Franchy Cordero takes over in left.
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