Hernandez has new role as utility player
Since Jim Riggleman became the Nationals’ interim manager last week, Anderson Hernandez has yet to get a start at second base.
The reason is that the team now considers Hernandez a utility player. That’s why he has been working out in the outfield. Most of the playing time at second base will go to Alberto Gonzalez, with Ronnie Belliard and Willie Harris getting occasional starts.
The idea originally came from then-manager Manny Acta, who told Hernandez before the All-Star break that they wanted to see what Gonzalez can do on an everyday basis. Entering Saturday’s action, Gonzalez is hitting .299 with one home run with 17 RBIs.
Hernandez started the season as the everyday second baseman. While he is special with the glove, there are times when he looks overmatched at the plate, especially from the left side of the plate. One will he know that Hernandez is in a slump when he turns his head after swinging and missing at a pitch.