Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez left Wednesday night’s game in the fourth inning against the Angels after appearing to injure his hand or wrist on a swing. The 8 pitch at-bat ultimately resulted in an infield pop up on a 93mph fastball. He was replaced on defense in the next inning.
Hernandez leaves the game. Beaty at 1B, Muncy at 2B.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 25, 2019
UPDATE In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dodgers announced that he was removed due to “left hand soreness.”
With Chris Taylor out until the end of August at best, Hernandez is currently the only other shortstop on the active roster behind Corey Seager and if he were to be placed on the Injured List for some time, top prospect Gavin Lux could receive a call up.
Kiké appeared to be in some serious pain, but the trainers came out to look at him and he seemed to tell them he was fine. He still left the game in the following inning.
Hernandez is in the midst of a disappointing season, posting a 96 wRC+. He has still been solid on defense this season, accumulating six defensive runs saved across multiple positions.