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Dodgers: Enrique Hernandez Nearing Activation from IL

The Dodgers will be getting one of their super utilities back soon.

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 17: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out a runner after diving for a ground ball in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 17, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dodgers won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Dodgers utility man Kiké Hernandez is reportedly nearing activation, according to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group.

Hernandez took live batting practice for the first time since he took a strange swing and injured his left hand. He is supposedly set to repeat it tomorrow and will begin a rehab assignment in the coming days with an activation coming shortly thereafter.

The Dodgers have been utilizing some form of a Kristopher Negron and Tyler White combination to shield against the lack of versatility that occurs with both Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor on the shelf.

Hernandez is in the midst of a subpar season, posting just a 94 wRC+ and 1.3 WAR across 98 games. Normally a solid bet for production against left-handed pitching, Hernandez has not produced against that handedness of pitching this season, mustering just a 96 wRC+. On the other hand, Hernandez has fared even worse against righties with a 93 wRC+.

Even with his bat not being where it needs to be, the 27-year-old utility player’s versatility has been largely missed. Upon his activation, he should fill the role he always has for the Dodgers as their super utility against lefties.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Kike’s contributions are more than hitting. He plays great defense and is a positive force in the clubhouse. One thing that makes the Dodgers great is their team chemistry. Kike keeps things loose and light in the dugout and clubhouse.

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