The White Sox released Hernandez earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Hernandez was expected to provide outfield depth at Triple-A Charlotte in 2020, but with the minor-league season facing potential cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the White Sox have decided to cut bait with the 32-year-old. He previously appeared in 20 big-league games with the Red Sox in 2019, batting .143 over 57 plate appearances.
Hernandez signed a minor-league deal which does not include an invitation to big-league camp with the White Sox on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The 32-year-old has parts of six big-league seasons under his belt, hitting an unimpressive .230/.292/.351. He appeared in 20 games for Boston last season and did even worse, hitting .143/.218/.245.
Hernandez elected free agency Monday rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Hernandez had been outrighted by the Red Sox on Friday, but his veteran status meant he was eligible to refuse the assignment. The 32-year-old is unlikely to be a hot commodity this offseason due to his career .230/.292/.351 slash line.
Hernandez was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
The Red Sox have cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting Hernandez to Triple-A. He appeared in 20 big-league contests a season ago, hitting .143 with two RBI and a stolen base.
Hernandez entered Tuesday's game after Mookie Betts (foot) was removed and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in a 12-10 win over the Rangers.
Betts was removed after he aggravated a foot injury when running into the wall to retrieve a triple hit by Texas' Delino DeShields. Hernandez has been relevant over the last week while Boston dealt with injuries to four of its available outfielders. Betts, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis have all missed time but have returned and were available for Tuesday's game, though Betts is now hurt again.
Hernandez went 0-for-4 in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Rays.
Hernandez, who started in left field for the injured Andrew Benintendi (thumb), has started four of the last five games. The Red Sox have been dealing with injuries in the outfield -- last week it was Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, both of whom have returned to action, and now it's Benintendi. As Boston plays out the string, Hernandez, who has three hits in 32 at-bats since being called up, may see more plate appearances as manager Alex Cora gives his regulars time off.
Hernandez entered Tuesday's game for the injured Sam Travis (head) and went 1-for-2 with a run scored in a 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Giants.
Travis, who entered the game for the injured J.D. Martinez (groin), was injured when a thrown ball got him in the back of the head as he slid safely into third base with a triple. With the Red Sox dealing with multiple injuries in the outfield, including Mookie Betts (foot), Hernandez may get consistent playing time over the next few days.
The Red Sox selected Hernandez's contract from Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Angels.
After failing to win an Opening Day roster spot with the Red Sox coming out of spring training, Hernandez reported to Pawtucket and spent the entire campaign there, slashing .219/.319/.377 in 504 plate appearances. With the Angels bringing southpaw Andrew Heaney to the hill for the series finale, the righty-hitting Hernandez will check into the lineup immediately while the lefty-hitting Jackie Bradley takes a seat.
The Red Sox assigned Hernandez to their minor-league camp Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
With Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts locked in as Boston's everyday starters in the outfield and designated hitter J.D. Martinez available to fill in at one of the corner spots as needed, there wasn't much of a need to keep Hernandez on hand as a depth option. Hernandez logged a career-high 451 plate appearances in the big leagues with the Giants a season ago, but he'll have trouble coming anywhere close to that level of playing time in 2019 unless multiple injuries deplete the Boston outfield.
Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Monday's game against the Mets.
Hernandez launched a three-run homer to left field in the second inning. The 31-year-old is now 6-for-18 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base so far this spring, although he appears unlikely to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster at this point.
Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez was non-tendered by the Giants at the end of November after slashing .234/.285/.391 with 15 home runs and 40 RBI in 142 games. The 31-year-old can play all three outfield spots and provides some organizational depth with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts set to start in the outfield for Boston.
Hernandez wasn't offered a contract for the 2019 season by San Francisco and will become a free agent, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hernandez appeared in a career-high 142 games with the Giants in 2018, putting together a .234/.285/.391 slash line with 15 homers and 40 RBI. He'll look to sign with another club over the offseason.
Hernandez is on the bench for the second straight game Saturday against St. Louis, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Hernandez is hitting just .157 in September, which could push him to the bench on a more regular basis over the final eight games of the year. Gregor Blanco will again get the start in center field.
Hernandez is not starting Friday in St. Louis, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Hernandez sits for just the third time in the month of September. He's hit just .160 since the start of the month. Gregor Blanco will slide over to center field in his absence, with Austin Slater taking Blanco's place in right.
Hernandez is not in the lineup Monday against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Hernandez sits after making 12 straight starts. He hit just .184 over that stretch. Gregor Blanco will start in center field in his absence, with Austin Slater in right.
Hernandez returned to the starting lineup Monday, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Rockies.
Gregor Blanco drew the start in center Sunday, but Hernandez has started three of the four games since Steven Duggar (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list. The 30-year-old should continue to see the lion's share of starts in center while looking to build on his career year (.246/.297/.411 with 14 homers).
Hernandez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.
Hernandez had started the previous three games in center field, going 2-for-11 in those contests. While he'll cede those duties to Gregor Blanco in the series finale, Hernandez looks set to work in an everyday role throughout September with rookie Steven Duggar (shoulder) ruled out for the season.
Hernandez figures to take over in center field after Steven Duggar (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list Thursday.
Duggar's shoulder injury will hold him out for at least a few weeks, and potentially the rest of the regular season, opening up playing time for Hernandez in center. The 30-year-old had only started one of the Giants' last seven contests due to a second-half slump. The club also called up Gregor Blanco to provide outfield depth, but Hernandez's .249/.299/.411 slash line and career-high 13 homers through 117 games should make him the primary option down the stretch.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for the third straight game Friday against the Pirates, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Hernandez appears to have fallen out of favor in San Francisco. He's hit just .156/.240/.341 in 15 games since the All-Star break. Alen Hanson will make his second straight start in left field.
Hernandez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hernandez will remain on the bench for a second straight game, giving way to Alen Hanson in this one after sitting in favor of Austin Slater on Tuesday. The 30-year-old is hitting just .163/.245/.349 across 14 second-half appearances.
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