Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
The Nationals desperately need pitching to get through the weekend, as they have a doubleheader Saturday and multiple key pitchers on the shelf, so they are bringing up reinforcements from Triple-A and Hernandez was optioned in a corresponding move. He had gone hitless in six June at-bats.
Hernandez remains out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
With Juan Soto, Kyle Schwarber and Victor Robles entrenched as the Nationals' everyday outfielders and Andrew Stevenson seemingly locked in as the fourth outfielder, Hernandez's opportunities have been few and far between of late as the clear No. 5 option. He hasn't picked up a start since May 9, operating mainly as a pinch-hitting specialist for Washington. Hernandez hasn't been particularly productive in that capacity, going 5-for-22 with one extra-base hit (a solo home run) over the past month.
Hernandez went 1-for-1 with a solo home run as Washington beat Arizona 3-0 on Sunday.
Hernandez batted for starter Erick Fedde with the score knotted at zero to lead off the eighth and smacked a go-ahead solo home run to left that ignited a three-run inning. He's slashing .294/.351/.431, primarily in a pinch-hit role.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.
Hernandez had started in 10 of the Nationals' last 13 games, but his run of regular playing time looks to be over now that Juan Soto is ready to play right field again after missing time with a strained shoulder. The 33-year-old appears to have at least positioned himself as the next man up for reps in the outfield, ahead of Andrew Stevenson.
Hernandez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.
Hernandez had started in right field in seven of the Nationals' last eight games, going 10-for-24 with a home run and four walks over that stretch. Though the Nationals brought back Juan Soto from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, he'll remain limited to a pinch-hitting role for the second day in a row since he hasn't been cleared for full throwing due to his strained left shoulder. Josh Harrison will get the nod in right field Wednesday, but Hernandez should be the primary option at the position until Soto receives clearance to play defense.
Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in Friday's 2-1 extra-inning win over Miami.
Hernandez hit three singles in the contest and added a stolen base in the ninth inning. The 33-year-old outfielder is 9-for-15 (.600) with a home run and three RBI and three runs scored in his last four games. Prior to his recent success at the plate, he had just one hit, a double, in his first 10 at-bats. He's not much of a speed threat either -- Hernandez's stolen base Friday was the first of his career in 24 total games.
Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a home run and an additional run scored in Tuesday's loss against the Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old continues to strengthen his case for a roster spot once Juan Soto (shoulder) returns to action. Hernandez launched his third homer of the season while also registering his third straight multi-hit game. He's hitting .333 with a .924 OPS, and while the sample size is small (25 plate appearances), he might have done enough to carve a bench role moving forward.
Hernandez is hitting well enough to stay on the big-league roster even after Juan Soto (shoulder) returns to action, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The Nats would have to create a spot on the roster for him, but they're currently carrying two fairly interchangeable utility infielders in Jordy Mercer and Hernan Perez, one of whom could be bumped aside by Hernandez. The 33-year-old would give the team a better left-handed bench bat and could see occasional starts in left or right field, but his fantasy value will remain minimal regardless.
Hernandez went 2-for-2 with two walks in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
The 33-year-old did everything he could to spark the Nats' offense while hitting second, but the rest of the lineup only managed three hits. Hernandez has four hits in the last two games as he takes advantage of the opportunity presented by Juan Soto's shoulder injury, but with Soto potentially back by the end of the month, his window for fantasy value is small.
Hernandez will start in right field and bat second for Sunday's game against the Mets.
Hernandez was called up to provide outfield depth in the absence of Juan Soto (shoulder). He'll draw his second consecutive start after going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Saturday.
Hernandez was recalled from the alternate training site Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 33-year-old will rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday after spending the past week at the alternate training site, as Juan Soto has landed on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder strain. Hernandez is 1-for-7 through five appearances this season and should provide outfield depth for Washington.
The Nationals optioned Hernandez to their taxi squad Monday.
Hernandez was removed from the active roster to make room for outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of Monday's series opener in St. Louis. During his time with the big club, Hernandez appeared in five contests, going 1-for-7 with a double.
Hernandez will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Mets, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 33-year-old was optioned to the minors over the weekend but will quickly rejoin the big-league roster. The Nationals had one player test positive for COVID-19 with four others deemed close contacts, leading to some late callups to fill out the Opening Day roster. Hernandez could have a decent role early on for Washington, depending which players are unavailable.
Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Hernandez was shuffled between the major-league roster and alternate camp in 2020, and he'll begin the 2021 campaign in the minors. The 33-year-old appeared in 20 spring games this year and hit .467 with two home runs, seven runs and five RBI.
Hernandez got the start at DH and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walkoff two-run home run during an 8-7 extra-inning win over the Phillies in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
The 32-year-old rookie didn't make an appearance during the matinee but he was the hero in the nightcap, collecting his first big-league RBI with a fourth-inning double before crushing a Brandon Workman offering into the bullpen in right field in the eighth to end the ballgame. To add to the drama, the walkoff blast kept the Nats from being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs as they swept the twin bill. Hernandez is now hitting .250 (3-for-12) through his first seven games in the majors, and all three hits have gone for extra bases (two doubles and a homer).
Hernandez was recalled by the Nationals on Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Hernandez was called up as the 29th man for Sunday's doubleheader against the Marlins, but he'll remain on the major-league roster in the coming days as well. He made appearances in both games of the twin bill Monday and went 1-for-1 with a double. He should serve in a depth role in the outfield.
Hernandez will serve as the 29th man for Sunday's doubleheader against the Marlins, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hernandez will be available for both games of the twin bill. He has a great story -- the 32-year-old finally reached the majors earlier this season after defecting from Cuba and climbing through the minor-league ranks -- but Hernandez struck out in four of his first seven big-league plate appearances and it does not seem like he will get much of a look.
Hernandez was optioned by the Nationals on Friday, Alex Chappell of MASN reports.
Hernandez earned his first career callup last week but failed to grab a hit in any of his seven at-bats. Whether or not he receives another chance to do so this season remains to be seen. Andrew Stevenson was recalled in a corresponding move and will fill his role as a bench outfielder.
Hernandez will make his first major-league start Saturday against Atlanta, playing right field and batting ninth, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Hernandez entered Thursday's game as a pinch runner, but he'll enter the starting lineup for the first time Saturday. The 32-year-old was dominant for Triple-A Fresno last season, hitting .323/.406/.604 with 33 home runs and 90 RBI.
Hernandez's contract was selected from the Nationals' alternate training site Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Hernandez, who turns 33 in October, is something of a cult hero for online statistics scouts, as he has raked at every level of the minors, albeit as one of the oldest players in every affiliated league he has played in. He hit .324/.406/.604 with 33 home runs and seven steals in 126 games at Triple-A last year. Hernandez takes the roster spot of Howie Kendrick, who may miss the rest of the year with a hamstring strain.
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