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Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez has successful minor shoulder surgery

Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez has successful minor shoulder surgery

The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits a single against the New York Mets on Oct. 10.

(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

All was apparently well with Dodgers’ utility man extraordinaire Enrique Hernandez after he underwent his somewhat surprising shoulder surgery Wednesday.

The Dodgers said it took Dr. Neal ElAttrache only 30 minutes to perform the shoulder cleanup (debridement) in an arthroscopic procedure.

The minor surgery was performed in Los Angeles. The Dodgers said Hernandez is expected to start physical therapy next week and be fully recovered prior to the start of spring training.

Hernandez, 24, came to the Dodgers last off-season in a deal that sent eventual batting champion Dee Gordon to the Marlins, where he now will be reunited with former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

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Hernandez played at second, third, short and all three outfield positions during the 2015 season. He batted .307 on the year, hitting .423 against left-handers.

By the season’s end, he had supplanted Joc Pederson as the regular center fielder and could compete for a starting spot at center or second next season.


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