Kiké Hernandez’s father gets good news, cancer is in remission.

Kiké Hernandez cancer

Kiké Hernandez plays catch prior to Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez got some good news last night: His father, Enrique Hernandez Sr., learned his cancer is in remission.

Hernandez’s father received a bone marrow transplant in June, and months of rehabilitation followed. Kiké said that his father shuttled from his home in Puerto Rico to Tampa and back for treatment, all the while watching the Dodgers’ games on TV.

Back in June, the younger Hernandez shaved his head as a show of support for his father’s battle. Father’s Day fell shortly thereafter, and Hernandez hit a memorable pinch hit home run in that day’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a 2-1 Dodgers win.

Today’s news was a long time coming, and Hernandez was understandably in a good mood before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.