One of the players acquired over the winter as a part of the Dee Gordon trade with Miami is now in Los Angeles wearing Blue. Congrats, Kike! It's great to have you here. He'll be making his Dodger debut tonight as the starting center fielder.
In a corresponding move, Carl Crawford, who came up lame during yesterday's game, will be placed on the DL with a torn oblique. Man-O-Live! When it rains it pours, right? Over the past week Puig, McCarthy, Peralta, and now Crawford have gone on the disabled list. There's no word yet on how long he'll be out, but it's likely to be at least a couple of months.
Hernandez has had a bit of a rough start in the early going with the Dodgers farm club in Oklahoma City. He is currently slashing only .169/.219/.254. Considering the recent machinations within the Dodgers front office that has players freely moving in-and-out of the 25-man roster there's no telling how long he'll be up with us. Nevertheless, he is very versatile on the field and aims to be a positive piece off the bench.
Kike had this to say on twitter:
Hello LA!! It's been way too long! 😎In celebration of Hernandez's arrival to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him. I used a photograph taken by Dodger photoagrapher Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015 and the 1972 Topps Baseball card design.
— Enrique Hernandez (@kikehndez) April 28, 2015
Below are his career stats, via Baseball-Reference:
UPDATE: Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain and recalled infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernandez (pronounced: key-que) from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Hernandez, 23, batted .169 with two doubles, a homer and nine RBI in 16 games with Oklahoma City prior to his recall, appearing in games at shortstop (7), center field (4) and second base (3). The native of Puerto Rico tied for the club lead with six homers during Spring Training, batting .267 with two doubles and 12 RBI in 29 Cactus League games. He was acquired from the Marlins as part of a seven-player trade on Dec. 10, 2014 after seeing his first big league action last year and appearing in 42 games with Miami and Houston.
Crawford tripled in his only at-bat last night before being removed from the game in the third inning with right side tightness. He has a .245 batting average with a homer and three RBI in 15 games.
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