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Dodgers News: Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor to Begin Rehab Assignments

The Dodgers will be getting their super utilities back in short order.

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DENVER, COLORADO - JUNE 27: Kike Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Chris Taylor #3 after hitting a 3 RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, utility players Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor are set to begin rehab assignments by next weekend.

Hernandez has been out since July 28 with a hand injury, and Taylor has been out since July 14 with a fractured forearm.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts added his updates on their progress.

Dry swings right now. Hopefully, by the end of the week, next weekend, we’ll get them out. Each day they continue to progress. I think Kiké is a couple days ahead of Chris, but they’re basically in the same bucket.

Hernandez, 27, is in the midst of a subpar season, posting a 95 wRC+ and 1.3 WAR. This follows up a 3.2 WAR season that saw him hold a 118 wRC+. However, he had been on a hot streak having batted .352 in the month of July.

Taylor, 28, is having a solid season and was one of the Dodgers’ best bats before he went down with a fractured left forearm, posting a 138 wRC+ and .308/.378/.538 slash line from May 24 on.

Upon both of their activations, the Dodgers will receive a much-needed boost against left-handed pitching and they will most likely take the roster spots of utility man Kristopher Negron and corner infielder Tyler White.

Trade deadline acquisition Jedd Gyorko is also in the mix for a roster spot within the next few days, which further muddies up the 25-man before September.

Hernandez and Taylor remain an integral part of the team’s success. Their bats have been missed with the Dodgers collectively holding a below-average 80 wRC+ against southpaws since Chris Taylor was placed on the IL on July 14.

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. Meanwhile Dodgers are down 5 to 3 because Maeda does what he does best…give up a HR with runners on that the inopportune times, this time a grand slam. he couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning….

  2. We have actually held down the fort with Freese, Hernandez, and Taylor out. Friedman is not an idiot. He is very shrewd. Negron has done well. White hasn’t and Gyorko hasn’t yet. But they are insurance policies only, with team control of both. Gyorko 1 mil. Buyout, White with options.

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