Long slump forcing Kike’ Hernandez to ’embrace the grind’

PITTSBURGH – This isn’t exactly how KikeHernandez’s dream job was supposed to go.

After an extended apprenticeship in a utility role, Hernandez finally started this season with an every-day position as the Dodgers’ primary second baseman. While his defense at second has been exceptional, he has dipped into a deep slump offensively.

“Not swinging at strikes. Ball not falling for hits,” Hernandez summarized. “That’s a bad combination.”

Indeed it is. Hernandez entered play...

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