Hernandez signed a contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Hernandez finds himself back with the Red Sox shortly after being non-tendered by the team. The 27-year-old appeared in a career-high 61 games for Boston in 2019, finishing with a .250/.279/.338 slash line in 155 plate appearances. He should compete for a utility infield role in 2020.
Hernandez was non-tendered by the Red Sox on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Hernandez slashed .250/.279/.338 with two home runs and 11 RBI over 61 games with Boston a season ago. It remains to be seen if this is good enough to earn him a major-league offer.
Hernandez made his sixth start in the last seven games and went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Giants. Hernandez is getting regular work at second base with Brock Holt filling in at right field for the injured Mookie Betts (foot). The Red Sox are experiencing health issues that leave them shorthanded in the outfield, so the versatile Holt's been using his outfielder's mitt of late. Betts may return to duty this weekend, but as only a DH, and J.D. Martinez (groin) remains sidelined, so Hernandez may continue to get consistent plate appearances.
Hernandez started at second base in place of Brock Holt (illness) and went 0-for-5 in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Hernandez did double fill-in duty, also serving as Boston's leadoff hitter with Mookie Betts scratched due to a foot injury. Holt and Betts are out again Sunday, but Chris Owings gets the call at second base while Andrew Benintendi serves as the leadoff hitter.
Hernandez started at second base and went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Cleveland. Hernandez was recently called up as insurance when Michael Chavis (shoulder) hit the injured list, but he was needed in the starting lineup Wednesday with Brock Holt away on personal leave. Holt is due back Friday and should claim the role as the primary starter at second base.