Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

August was a tough month for the Los Angeles Dodgers despite finishing the month with a 15-12 record. The team was no-hit twice within a span of nine days and lost three players to hamstring injuries, including utility man Kiké Hernandez.

Hernandez, who arrived in Los Angeles as part of the Dee Gordon trade, began the season in Triple-A, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He was called up on April 28 after outfielder Carl Crawford went down with a torn oblique and created buzz after being inserted into the starting lineup.

Unfortunately the 24-year-old, who had become an everyday player for the club, suffered a hamstring strain that led to a DL stint.

Hernandez was asked about how his hamstring felt and simply replied, “Better than yesterday”.

He was asked how frustrating the injury is, considering he had become a starter for the NL West leader. “Well yeah it doesn’t really matter based on playing time,” he said. “It’s just frustrating the fact that we’re in the final stretch in September and we’re in a tight division race. I won’t be able to be with my team out there battling and that’s the part that sucks the most.”

Early on in the season with OKC, Hernandez struggled to find his rhythm and put together a dismal line of .169/.219/.254, but has done better in his time in Los Angeles. In 71 appearances, Hernandez has a .308/.350/.492 line to go along with six home runs and 21 RBIs.

It may be a couple of weeks until Hernandez sees the field again, but it appears that he will be there with the Dodgers to end the season en route to second consecutive National League West title.

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