Taking it easy with Hermida

Since straining his right oblique on Sept. 2, Jeremy Hermida has worked hard to get back into the lineup.

“We’ve treated it aggressively and done all we could,” said the 25-year-old outfielder.

On Wednesday, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said chances are Hermida will not make another start this season. Florida has four games remaining, and Hermida says playing a full game would be troublesome.

However, the left-handed hitting outfielder says he is available to pinch-hit.

“As hard as it is to swallow the truth, [the oblique] just isn’t ready,” Hermida said. “But I can pinch-hit. Anything I can do to help the team, I will do.”

Hermida went 26 days without playing before he had a pinch-hit appearance on Monday at Atlanta. He felt a little sore after that at-bat — a strikeout. The Marlins considered pinch-hitting Hermida on Tuesday night, but his side didn’t feel right.

After the season, Hermida will be heading into his second year of arbitration. With changes expected after the season, speculation is he will not be with the club next year.

— Joe Frisaro


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