Hernandez could hit atop the Indians' order, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The club has discussed moving Francisco Lindor out of the leadoff spot in an effort to better utilize his power. If that happens, Hernandez would be a prime candidate to hit first in the Indians' order, particularly because he has walked at over a 10 percent rate in three of the past four seasons. The move would certainly be beneficial for Hernandez's run-scoring potential as he would likely be immediately followed by the likes of Oscar Mercado, Jose Ramirez and Lindor.
Hernandez signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with the Indians on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Hernandez was non-tendered by the Phillies at the beginning of December despite earning consistent playing time during his tenure with the team. The 29-year-old hit .279/.333/.408 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 2019 and will likely begin the season as the Indians' primary second baseman.
Hernandez was non-tendered by Philadelphia on Monday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Hernandez has been a key utility man for the Phillies over the last two seasons, playing in all but eight games. He hit .266 with 29 home runs and 131 RBI over that stretch but will be in search of a new home following Monday's transaction.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.
Hernandez cranked his 13th homer of the season in the form of a solo shot off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to cut the Phillies' deficit in half. The 29-year-old leads Philadelphia this year in both batting average (.280) and hits (167).
Hernandez went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Thursday against the Braves.
Hernandez reached base three times, all of which came on base knocks. After a slow start to the month, he's recorded at least one hit in nine of his last 11 starts. He's also scored six runs and driven in nine in that span. Overall, he's maintained a .285/.339/.409 line across 150 games this season.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and another RBI in Thursday's win over the Braves.
Hernandez got the Phillies on the board with a solo shot off Julio Teheran in the first inning. The 29-year-old second baseman also tacked on an RBI single in the sixth to cap off a successful night at the plate and help lead the Phillies to a crucial victory amid the wild-card race. He now has 11 long balls with a team-leading 153 hits on the season.
Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Mets.
He led off the game with his ninth homer of the year, and that was all the offense Drew Smyly and the Phillies bullpen would need. The long ball was the first for Hernandez in over a month, but his .281/.333/.397 slash line is solid and he's now tied his career high in RBI with 60.
Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs Wednesday in the Phillies' 12-3 win over the Pirates.
The three RBI matched Hernandez's output from his previous 13 games combined. The second baseman served as the Phillies' leadoff man throughout the three-game series in Miami over the weekend, but he's since moved down to the sixth spot in the order following Bryce Harper's return from paternity leave. The drop in the lineup may hurt Hernandez's ability to score runs, but batting behind the likes of Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura should translate to an uptick in RBI opportunities.
Hernandez will be on the bench Monday against the Pirates.
Hernandez hits the bench after starting 14 straight games, a stretch in which he hit .294/.400/.353. Scott Kingery will be the second baseman in his absence, with Adam Haseley starting in center field. Per Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hernandez's absence is due to his lack of hustle during Sunday's loss to the Marlins.
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs Saturday in the Phillies' 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Hernandez led off for the second straight contest and will do so again Sunday, but he'll likely shift to the bottom half of the lineup in the series opener versus the Pirates on Monday, when Bryce Harper (personal) is expected to return from the paternity list. Before leaving the team, Harper had occupied the No. 2 spot in the order while Rhys Hoskins handled leadoff duties.
Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Each of Hernadez's hits were singles, including a grounder up the middle that plated two runs in the third inning. The three-hit game was his seventh of the season but first since June 30. Overall, the 29-year-old is slashing .283/.328/.400 with eight homers and 51 RBI in 478 at-bats.
Hernandez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.
He has started 10 straight games, hitting .286 with two doubles and one home run in 42 at-bats over that stretch. Scott Kingery will start at second base and hit sixth.
Hernandez will start at second base and bat leadoff Thursday against the Giants.
With Scott Kingery slumping at the plate of late, manager Gabe Kapler will turn to Hernandez as the team's table setter for the second straight day. Though his walk rate has slipped considerably in 2019, Hernandez's high-contact ways and good speed make him a decent fit atop the lineup. At least until Kingery pares down his strikeouts, Hernandez should have a good chance of sticking as the club's primary leadoff man and enjoying a spike in run-scoring and base-stealing opportunities as a result.
Hernandez is not in the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
Hernandez is slashing just .241/.255/.278 in 13 games since the All-Star break, so he'll head to the bench Saturday with lefty Max Fried starting for the Braves. In his place, Scott Kingery is starting at second base and hitting leadoff.
Hernandez will bat leadoff and start at second base Wednesday against the Tigers, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Manager Gabe Kapler has elected to bump slumping leadoff man Scott Kingery down to second in the order, opening up the table-setting role for Hernandez in the series finale. The lineup adjustment may only be a temporary one for the Phillies, as Hernandez hasn't been demonstrably better than Kingery of late. Over 11 games since the All-Star break, Hernandez is slashing .200/.217/.222.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Hernandez has a .364/.394/.443 slash line in his last 23 games, but he'll take a seat Sunday. Scott Kingery steps in at second base while Adam Haseley starts in center field in the series finale.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double, run and an RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Mets.
Hernandez is in the midst of his best stretch of the season, with Wednesday's effort marking the sixth straight game in which he's recorded multiple hits. Though he wasn't able to lock down the leadoff job following Andrew McCutchen's (knee) season-ending injury earlier this month, Hernandez should still offer solid across-the-board production even while batting in the lower half of a strong Phillies lineup. He'll pick up another start at second base in Thursday's series finale and move up from seventh to sixth in the order with J.T. Realmuto getting a breather.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 6-5 win over Atlanta.
His fourth-inning solo shot off Touki Toussaint gave the Phillies a brief 4-2 lead, and Hernandez then smacked a two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring on the night. It was his seventh homer on the year but first since May 28, and the 29-year-old slashed a brutal .121/.188/.190 during the 15-game power outage, The Phillies are still trying to find a solution in the leadoff spot in the wake of Andrew McCutchen's season-ending knee injury, though, so if Hernandez can heat up again he might get another look at the top of the order.
Hernandez will bat eighth Friday against Atlanta.
Hernandez spent eight games as the leadoff hitter after Andrew McCutchen was lost for the season with a torn ACL, but he hit just .125/.222/.188 over that stretch. He'll move to a lower-pressure spot for now, with Jean Segura sliding up to the leadoff spot.
Manager Gabe Kapler acknowledged after Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks that he may consider removing Hernandez from the leadoff role in favor of Scott Kingery, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Since taking over as the Phillies' new table setter June 4 following Andrew McCutchen's season-ending knee injury, Hernandez has gone 4-for-28 while reaching base at a .250 clip in seven games. Hernandez has a long track record of success out of the leadoff spot dating back to 2015, but it appears Kapler may keep him on a short leash while the hot-hitting Kingery continues to make a case for a move up the lineup. Kingery has posted a 1.330 OPS over that same seven-game stretch and is slashing .324/.365/.630 with seven home runs and two steals on the season.
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