August has not been a good month for position players on the Los Angeles Dodgers and their hamstrings.
Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig were already on the disabled list with hamstring injuries and were joined by utility man Kiké Hernandez on Monday. Hernandez tweaked his left hamstring running out a ground ball on Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs. The 24-year-old had replaced Kendrick at second base until the Dodgers acquired second baseman Chase Utley, making Hernandez the primary center fielder with Joc Pederson slumping.
With Puig and Hernandez now out for at least a couple of weeks, the Dodgers are reportedly looking to get an outfielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Source: #Dodgers looking to add OF depth before midnight ET with Puig and Hernandez out. Not talking about any big names.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 1, 2015
The Dodgers were previously linked to outfielder Alejandro De Aza of the Boston Red Sox, but those rumors were put to rest once the Dodgers got Utley and moved Hernandez to center. While Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke have played center field before, they don’t provide the defense that Pederson or Hernandez do. Jose Peraza has played some center field and could also see some time there now.
One outfielder the Dodgers could have made a play for was Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners, but the Cubs acquired him earlier in the day. It’s unknown which outfielders the Dodgers may be targeting, but whoever it is, it will be less than an hour before a deal is or isn’t made.