Bochy lauds Her­nan­dez

San Francisco Chronicle - - BASEBALL - By John Shea John Shea is The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle’s na­tional base­ball writer.

Gorkys Her­nan­dez has had his share of strug­gles this year, like many Gi­ants, but man­ager Bruce Bochy praised the out­fielder for how he over­came his bad start.

“If you break up his sea­son, it’s one of the best come­backs with the start he had,” Bochy said. “He’s come on strong. He was one of our bet­ter hit­ters for quite a while.”

Her­nan­dez has a left wrist sprain and might not be able to swing for a while. He en­tered Fri­day’s game in the eighth in­ning for right fielder Hunter Pence and was re­moved for a pinch-hit­ter in the ninth.

Af­ter hit­ting .160 through May 23, Her­nan­dez had a three-month stretch (May 28 to Aug. 23) in which he bat­ted .337 with a .392 on-base per­cent­age. Since then, he’s 3-for-34, per­haps a re­sult of the wrist in­jury.

“De­fen­sively, he had an above-av­er­age year,” Bochy said. “He did just a great job in the out­field, play­ing all three po­si­tions. Of­fen­sively, he came on and put up some pretty good num­bers con­sid­er­ing where he was and his strug­gles early in the sea­son.

“There were ques­tions: ‘Well, why was he here?’ As you got to see him play more de­fen­sively, you saw how gifted this guy was out there. I’ll put him up there with some of the top cen­ter field­ers.”

Her­nan­dez’s best de­fen­sive game was Sept. 3 when he robbed St. Louis’ Tommy

Pham of a home run and made mul­ti­ple run­ning catches.

Be­fore Satur­day’s game, Her­nan­dez will re­ceive the Jose Uribe Sports­man­ship Award, named af­ter the late Gi­ants short­stop, from the His­panic Her­itage Base­ball Mu­seum Hall of Fame.

Briefly: Michael Morse was

trans­ferred to the 60-day dis­abled list to make room for in­fielder En­gelb Vielma, who was claimed from the Twins on Thurs­day. One of the peo­ple to rec­om­mend Vielma was exGiant Ehire Adri­anza ,nowa Twin. … Bochy said it’s still pos­si­ble Matt Cain could get a fi­nal start. Ty Blach could start an­other game, too . ... Happy birth­day, Gay­lord Perry, who turned 79 Fri­day.

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