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.

Teams still don’t know if three-batter minimum rule will be in effect for 2020

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According to Athletics GM David Forst, Major League Baseball has still not informed teams whether or not the proposed three-batter-minimum rule will be in effect for the 2020 season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The league and the players’ union came to an agreement back in March regarding a handful of rule changes with the three-batter-minimum rule among them. From the way it was discussed, it seemed like it was set in stone. If Forst is unsure, then the league clearly hasn’t done a good job of communicating that.

Slusser notes that the A’s are operating as if the rule will be in effect, as the club non-tendered lefty Ryan Buchter earlier this week. Buchter has a career 2.86 ERA with 235 strikeouts in 214 innings, but the bulk of that success has come against left-handed hitters. This past season 115 of the 198 total plate appearances (58 percent) against Buchter were taken by fellow lefties. He held lefties to a .728 OPS compared to .904 against righties. As a result, despite Buchter’s overall terrific numbers, the A’s felt the roster spot could be more effectively used with a different player given the proposed rule.

Some teams may not make the same assumption as the A’s. What if a team keeps its lefty specialist(s) on the roster or goes out and acquires such a player, not knowing whether or not the rule is in effect for the upcoming season?

Since it has been brought up publicly, the issue will likely be resolved quickly and we should all have clarity on the rules for the 2020 season.