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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just when it appeared Kiké Hernandez had solidified the second base position after Howie Kendrick went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, the Los Angeles Dodgers went out and traded for second baseman Chase Utley.

The Dodgers sent minor league infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor league pitcher John Richy to the Philadelphia Phillies for the veteran second baseman out of UCLA. Since taking over for Kendrick at second base, Hernandez was hitting .343 with a homer and three RBIs in nine games, but it would appear he was supplanted in the starting lineup.

However, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, it’s not a foregone conclusion that Hernandez will go back to a bench role:

So, where would Hernandez play if Zaidi also said that Utley would be the primary second baseman?

Mark Saxon of ESPN LA speculates one idea for getting Hernandez in the starting lineup:

As it was, Hernandez was the team’s starting second baseman, backup shortstop and backup center fielder. With the trade, the 23-year-old can shuffle around giving Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson days off. Pederson has found his eye at the plate recently, walking 20 times in August despite a .132 batting average, but the Dodgers may want to get him some more rest and give Hernandez some more at-bats.

According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, the versatile Hernandez could find himself at another spot in the infield:

Hernandez has yet to play third base for the Dodgers in the regular season, but he played some in Spring Training and played three games there for the Miami Marlins last season. With Alberto Callaspo gone, the backup spot at third base is now open and Hernandez is hitting much better than Alex Guerrero is.

Regardless of where he plays, Hernandez’s bat will keep him in the lineup a majority of the time.

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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.

One Response

  1. WS

    Can Kiki pitch? Batting 343 with Kendrick coming back soon, we didn’t need Utley, what we need is PITCHING–are you listening?

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