Cesar Hernandez to miss six weeks with oblique injury

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Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez is expected to miss six weeks with an oblique injury. Hernandez suffered the injury making a throw on Friday and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday.

Hernandez, 27, was hitting .277/.336/.399 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 259 plate appearances.

Andres Blanco started Saturday in Hernandez’s place at second base while Howie Kendrick got the last two starts there. The two should continue to share the position over the next six weeks, with Kendrick getting the lion’s share of starts. The Phillies could also promote top prospect Scott Kingery from Double-A Reading, but that seems like more of a long shot.

Japanese outfielder Yoshida to negotiate with MLB teams

Masataka Yoshida
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SAN DIEGO — Outfielder Masataka Yoshida will be able to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams starting Wednesday under the posting system with the Japanese big leagues.

A member of Japan’s Olympic team last year, Yoshida will be posted at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday and MLB teams have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 to reach an agreement, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old hit .335 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs in 119 games this year for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. A left-handed batter, he has a .327 average with 133 homers and 467 RBIs over seven seasons in the Japanese majors.

Yoshida hit .350 with two RBIs as Japan won last year’s Olympic gold medal.

Under 2017 changes to the posting system, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $25 million and 15% of any amount over $50 million. There would be a supplemental fee of 15% of any earned bonuses, salary escalators and exercised options.

Hard-throwing right-hander Kodai Senga, another member of the Olympic team, is a free agent and does not have to go through the posting system because he has 11 seasons of service time in the Japanese major leagues.

Senga, who turns 30 in January, was 11-6 with a 1.94 ERA in 22 starts for the Pacific League’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He pitched three scoreless innings in two outings against the U.S. in the Olympics, allowing one hit and striking out six with two walks.