According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, utility players Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor are set to begin rehab assignments by next weekend.
Hernandez and Taylor could be on rehab assignments by next weekend.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 4, 2019
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.