Hernandez said swinging a bat on consecutive days causes discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Hernandez, who underwent a procedure last May to stabilize his left shoulder (non-throwing), said there's less discomfort now than was the case a month ago. He enters spring training as Boston's primary candidate to fill in for the injured Dustin Pedroia (knee) at second base. There's no timetable for Pedroia's eventual return, however, most offseason reports speculated he'd be out until May. Under that time line, a fill-in second sacker would get anywhere from 25-to-50 games worth of plate appearances. Hernandez's competition for the job comes from Brock Holt, Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin.
Hernandez is the leading candidate to open the year as the Red Sox's starting second baseman, with Dustin Pedroia (knee) expected to miss at least the first month of the season, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not rule out bringing someone from outside the organization in, but with Hernandez, Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero all in house, it seems they should be able to plug the hole internally. A shoulder injury cost Hernandez most of the 2017 season, but he has a career .284 average in 116 plate appearances and profiles as a quality defender at second base. Realistically, if the Red Sox go with Hernandez, he will still make way for their other internal options on occasion, and doesn't project to make enough impact with the bat over a short stretch to be useful in most formats.
Hernandez (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Hernandez landed on the disabled list in early May with a shoulder strain, and underwent season-ending surgery a few weeks later to stabilize the non-throwing arm. Although this move was just a formality, the infielder should be fully recovered for the start of spring training.
Hernandez (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. With Hernandez ruled out for the remainder of the season Friday after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder, it was inevitable that he'd move to the 60-day DL when the Red Sox needed to open up a 40-man roster spot. Hernandez's spot will go to reliever Blaine Boyer, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday in a corresponding transaction.
Hernandez underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The utility infielder underwent a procedure to stabilize his left (non-throwing) shoulder Friday, which brings his season to a premature end. Abraham reports that Hernandez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign, however. Hernandez's absence coupled with Brock Holt being sidelined hurts Boston's infield depth, but the club is expected to get Pablo Sandoval (knee) back in the near future.