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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed utility man Kiké Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring roughly one hour prior to Monday’s series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Austin Barnes, who already had a locker set up in the clubhouse, was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Along with Barnes joining the Dodgers for the third time this season, Monday was a noteworthy day for him as he was named to the 2015 All-Pacific Coast League team.

Barnes hit .315/.389/.479, with nine home runs, 42 RBIs, 36 strikeouts and 35 walks in 81 games with the OKC Dodgers. As for his defensive skill set, he had a 27.4 caught-stealing percentage, which ranks sixth in the league.

Barnes made his Major League debut May 24 and appeared in five games, making one start. In the nine games with the Dodgers, Barnes has four hits, including one double, four strikeouts and two walks in 18 plate appearances.

The Dodgers also announced Mike Bolsinger and Ian Thomas are expected to be recalled Tuesday when active rosters expand, and Joel Peralta is likely to be reinstated from the 15-day DL.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly initially said Monday Hernandez was likely to miss “a few days,” though later compared Hernandez’s hamstring strain to those of Howie Kendrick’s and Yasiel Puig’s, while adding it was “realistic” Hernandez could miss multiple weeks.

On the season the 24-year-old utility man is batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs, 21 RBIs, a 133 wRC+ and 130 OPS+ in 71 games. Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Sunday night was enough to snap Hernandez’s six-game hitting streak that coincided with regular playing time as he took over in center field.

Mattingly indicated with Hernandez sidelined Joc Pederson and Jose Peraza would assume center-field duties.

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