Hernandez plans to join club in San Francisco

Hernandez plans to join club in San Francisco

DENVER -- Dodgers utilityman Kiké Hernandez will rejoin the club Monday for the four-game series in San Francisco, manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday.

Hernandez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 31 with a strained left hamstring. Mattingly said Hernandez came out of a strenuous Friday test at the club's Arizona training complex with no ill effects.

At the time of his injury, the versatile Hernandez was starting ahead of Joc Pederson in center field and was hitting .308 on the season with an .842 OPS. He has started this year at all three outfield positions and three infield positions (excluding first base).

Getting in a week of games will reassure management that Hernandez can hold up for the postseason.

Such is not the case with Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza, who are behind Hernandez in healing from hamstring injuries and are virtually out of time for first-round playoff consideration.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.