On Monday, the Phillies released Jayson Nix. On Tuesday morning, the corresponding move was made.
Phillies recall Cesar Hernandez from Double-A Reading. He replaces Jayson Nix on the roster. Hernandez will be available tonight.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 13, 2014
Hernandez had been playing multiple positions down in Reading, getting more regular time at shortstop and third base, in addition to his regular position of second base. Hernandez also can play center field in a pinch, as he did toward the end of last year.
The addition of Reid Brignac late last week gives the Phils someone to back up Rollins at short. But Hernandez could be called upon to play third, which could be an adventure, given the seven errors he made during the 16 games he played there.
Offensively, though, Hernandez has been pretty dag-gun good.
INF Cesar Hernandez thru 100+ AB's for Reading: .340/.409/.500; 3HR 14RBI; 1/4 SB; 11%bb/11% k rates.— Phuture Phillies (@PhuturePhilz) May 13, 2014
And when Darin Ruf is ready to re-join the Phillies, Hernandez' ability to play center field would give the Phils even more options...
Cesar Hernandez coming up makes a ton of sense, if they think he can handle CF, then I definitely think Gwynn goes when Ruf is up— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) May 13, 2014
Hernandez will be available for tonight's series-opener against Mike Trout and some other California Angels players.