Kiké Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and will miss at least that time with a strained left hamstring. Austin Barnes, who was already in the ballpark in advance of a Tuesday call-up, joins the active roster for tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants.
Hernandez suffered the injury in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, in which the Dodgers did not collect a hit. It comes at a bad time for the Dodgers and Hernandez, who had a .927 OPS in August that allowed him to surpass Joc Pederson on the Dodgers’ center-field depth chart.
Before Hernandez was officially placed on the DL, here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about the injury:
CINCINNATI — Alberto Callaspo, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 19, was released from his contract Thursday.
Callaspo had a .206 batting average with the Atlanta Braves when he was acquired in the Juan Uribe trade in May. He batted .260 with a .336 on-base percentage in 60 games with the Dodgers, mostly as a backup third baseman.
The 32-year-old from Venezuela was cut to make room for second baseman Chase Utley, making Alex Guerrero the primary backup to Justin Turner.
CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez left the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds with a right knee contusion. He was replaced in the bottom of the fifth inning by Scott Van Slyke and is day-to-day, according to the team.
Gonzalez appeared to foul a pitch off his knee in the third inning against Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.
Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs this season. He was 0-for-2 in the game when he was removed and is batting .247 in the month of August.