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.