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Dodgers place Enrique Hernandez on disabled list with hamstring injury

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Enrique Hernandez has begun to take away playing time from the struggling Joc Pederson in recent days, but now the Dodgers will have to make due without him for a while.

After leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with what was termed as left hamstring tightness, Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening. The move says a lot about his status, as rosters are set to expand tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times this evening that Hernandez could be sidelined for “at least” two weeks.

The Dodgers are already missing Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig due to hamstring injuries, so it will be interesting to see if they make a last-minute deal before tonight’s waiver deadline. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could make a run at Alejandro De Aza, who is also drawing interest from the Giants.

Hernandez has been excellent in a super utility role this season, batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 201 plate appearances.