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.
Hernandez has been named to the Nationals- 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old is still looking for a chance to make his big-league debut, but Hernandez put together a huge season for Triple-A Fresno last year, posting a .323/.406/.604 slash line with 33 homers in 126 games. He'll provide the Nats with some emergency depth at the corner outfield and DH spots.
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|09/27||vs NYM||W 15-5||3||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|09/26||vs NYM||W 5-3||4||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/26||vs NYM||W 4-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||vs NYM||L 2-3||1||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/23||vs PHI||L 3-12||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/22||vs PHI||W 8-7||4||2||2||1||3||0||0|
|09/20||@ MIA||W 15-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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