Kiké Hernandez

Not only did the Los Angeles Dodgers fall victim to their second no-hitter in nine days on Sunday, but Kiké Hernandez came out after pulling up running out a ground ball.

While Hernandez was likely coming out due to a double switch, he would have exited the game regardless after Stan Conte checked on him. The Dodgers already have two players on the disabled list with hamstring issues in Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig and cannot afford for Hernandez to become the third.

Hernandez, who was making his first start at third base this season, came the closest to a base hit on Sunday, but his third-inning one-hopper was ruled an error. The 24-year-old grounded a ball to shortstop in the eighth inning and that’s where the hamstring tightness was felt.

For players that have injured their hamstring before, they can determine the severity to a certain extent based on previous feelings; however, Hernandez mentioned he was not in that boat. “I’ve never had any hamstring issues before, so I really don’t even know what I felt,” he said.

When asked what the plan was, Hernandez gave a simple, but true response. “Just wake up tomorrow and see how it feels,” the utility man remarked.

No word if an MRI is scheduled, but how Hernandez feels on Monday will likely be the determining factor for an MRI. The Puerto Rican-born player has become a starter for the Dodgers, albeit one without a starting position. He has started at second base, center field and now third base since it was determined that his hitting would keep him in the lineup. He has also previously started games at shortstop, left field and right field this season.

The Dodgers will have to hope that it’s nothing more than a minor tweak, especially with Kendrick yet to begin a rehab assignment and Puig out at least a couple weeks.

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Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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