Hernandez has been able to hit in a batting cage twice a week despite the shutdown of most facilities, the utility man said Tuesday in an interview with David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports.
"We were able to find a facility that's opening just for us twice a week, and we're able to get our work in," Hernandez stated. He also indicated that he has been working out five days a week in preparation for a potential resumption of play. Should the 2020 season take place, Hernandez figures to again get plenty of playing time in a super-utility role in his sixth season with the Dodgers.
Hernandez is likely to log time at second base this season, though the division of playing time remains uncertain, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
While many expected Gavin Lux to claim a near-everyday spot in the lineup after dominating in the minors last season, Gurnick suggests that the 22-year-old could feasibly begin the campaign back at the Triple-A level. Even if Lux does make the big-league roster, the Dodgers are likely to find a fair amount of playing time for veterans Chris Taylor and Hernandez throughout the season, with second base being the primary position for both players. It bears mentioning that the mechanical adjustments Hernandez made to his swing over the offseason appeared to pay off in Cactus League play, as he posted a .300/.323/.667 slash line with three home runs and nine RBI before spring training was suspended.
Hernandez has been working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
According to Hernandez, the adjustment is focused on preventing his hips from flying open during the course of his swing. Though the utility man is batting only .182 thus far in spring training, both of his hits have left the yard, and he leads the Dodgers with five RBI.
Hernandez signed a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hernandez hit .237 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and four stolen bases in 130 games a year ago with Los Angeles. He'll be in line for a utility role heading into the 2020 campaign.
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 7-3 extra-inning loss to Washington on Wednesday in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Hernandez connected off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the second inning to put the Dodgers up 3-0. Hernandez drew the start in left field Wednesday and finished the series 3-for-7 with a pair of extra-base hits and a walk. The 29-year-old experienced a decline in most of his offensive numbers during the regular season, seeing his OPS drop from 2018's .806 to .715. He still offers positional versatility and occasional pop, but not enough to mitigate the .237 batting average and .304 OBP he posted in 2019.
Hernandez is expected to make the majority of his starts at second base versus left-handed pitching moving forward after manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that rookie Gavin Lux is the team's primary option at the position, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The top prospect was called up ahead of Monday's 16-9 win over the Rockies and had a debut to remember, going 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Hernandez was bumped out of the starting nine as a result, though he still went on to record a hit in three at-bats while replacing a banged-up Joc Pederson (abdomen) in right field midway through the contest. Hernandez's ability to play all over the infield and outfield means that Lux's arrival won't be the death knell to the veteran's fantasy value, though it certainly isn't an ideal development. Finding playing time versus right-handed pitching will only become more difficult for Hernandez once Max Muncy (wrist) and Alex Verdugo (oblique) return from the 10-day injured list, perhaps as soon as Sept. 10.
Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of walks in Monday's loss to San Diego.
Hernandez gave the Dodgers a short-lived lead in the sixth inning with a 425-foot blast to left field. The long ball was his first since being activated from the injured list Aug. 20, though he has batted .333 (6-for-18) with two doubles since his return. Overall, Hernandez is slashing .243/.316/.442 with 17 homers and 55 RBI this season.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Since returning from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Hernandez had started in four of the Dodgers' last five games, going 5-for-15 with two doubles and two RBI. He'll cede his spot in the lineup for the series finale to Matt Beaty, who draws a start at first base.
Hernandez is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
He started in his first game off the injured list Tuesday against a righty, but he will head to the bench against a righty (Wilmer Font opening, Zack Godley primary reliever) in this one. As the Dodgers continue to get healthy and inevitably add reinforcements in September, Hernandez will likely start around half the games down the stretch. He will start against most lefties and against some righties. Matt Beaty is starting in left field and hitting eighth.
Hernandez (hand) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Hernandez may enter into the short side of a platoon with Matt Beaty, although he hit .339/.406/.548 with three home runs in his last 20 games before landing on the IL, so perhaps there will be more regular work available. Kristopher Negron (neck soreness) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Hernandez is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Hernandez began a rehab assignment in the Arizona League on Friday, so a Tuesday activation would give him at least one more game to sharpen his skills before rejoining the Dodgers. The utility man has been out since July 29 with a sprained left hand.
Hernandez (hand) is expected to be activated from the injured list by the middle of next week, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hernandez is on track to begin a rehab assignment sometime over the weekend, and skipper Dave Roberts is hoping the 27-year-old will be back within a week. Hernandez has been sidelined since July 29 due to a sprained left hand.
Manager Dave Roberts said Hernandez (hand) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment over the weekend, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hernandez is ready to face live pitching in games for the first time since landing on the injured list at the end of July with a sprained hand. The utility man could rejoin the Dodgers sometime next week, as he likely won't need a lengthy rehab stint before being cleared to return.
Hernandez (hand) is expected to go on a rehab assignment next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
He has been hitting in the cage and is ready nearly ready to face pitching in games. It sounds like he could return either next weekend or the following week. A late-August return seems likely.
Hernandez (hand) has resumed hitting in a batting cage, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Hernandez has been out since late July with a sprained hand. He resumed taking dry swings a few days ago and has now moved onto the next step. He's expected to travel with the team for the Dodgers' upcoming road trip, which begins Tuesday in Miami, and could be activated sometime soon after that.
Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Hernandez (hand) was recently able to take dry swings, Rowan Kavner of MLB.com reports.
Fellow utility man Chris Taylor (forearm) remains at a similar place in his recovery, though Roberts noted that Hernandez was likely "a couple days ahead of Chris." Hernandez was slashing an impressive .352/.417/.574 in July before going down with the injury, leaving the Dodgers without two of their more versatile options and motivating the team to acquire Tyler White from the Astos and Kris Negron from the Mariners.
Hernandez (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
As expected, Hernandez was placed on the IL ahead of Monday's series opener against the Rockies after an MRI on Friday revealed a sprained left hand. Josh Sborz was summoned from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move while Max Muncy figures to see the majority of time at second base in his absence.
Hernandez (hand) will be placed on the 10-day injured list either Sunday or Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He underwent an MRI on Friday which apparently did not yield positive results. Manager Dave Roberts said that top prospect Gavin Lux is not an option to replace Hernandez on the 25-man roster. If the Dodgers elect to bring up an infielder from Triple-A in a corresponding move, Edwin Rios seems like the most likely candidate, given that he is already on the 40-man roster. Max Muncy should continue to start at second base while the Dodgers mix and match at first base.
Hernandez (hand) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Hernandez received an MRI on Friday after exiting Wednesday's game with an injured left hand and manager Dave Roberts stated that the utility man was only available as a hitter Friday. While the team awaits the MRI results, Max Muncy continues to make starts at second base against left-handed pitching. Muncy is hitting fifth Saturday against southpaw opener Matt Grace.
Hernandez (hand) underwent an MRI on Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Hernandez left Wednesday's matchup with an injured left hand, and although his X-rays came back negative, he'll receive further testing, likely as a precaution. Manager Dave Roberts stated that the utility man would be available to play defense only Friday night, though the team still hadn't received the results of Hernandez's MRI.
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|2013||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||116||437||53||103||18||2||13||46||34||70||5||3||.236||.297||.375|
|2014||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||10||40||9||13||3||0||1||5||3||3||0||0||.325||.372||.475|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||67||264||41||89||17||2||8||31||18||25||6||5||.337||.380||.508|
|2014||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||21||72||8||18||5||0||2||6||10||13||0||1||.250||.345||.403|
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