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Kiké Hernandez placed on DL with rib cage inflammation, Alex Wood moved to 60-day DL

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed utility man Kiké Hernandez on the disabled list on Wednesday with left rib cage inflammation, making room on the active roster for Brock Stewart, starting Wednesday night against the Brewers at Miller Park.

The DL move for Hernandez is retroactive to Tuesday, though it doesn't really matter since either day takes him through the All-Star break. Hernandez has struggled mightily this season, hitting .189/.280/.346 in 65 games, though he walked in all three plate appearances batting leadoff on Monday.

A backup shortstop is in any manager's emergency preparedness kit, and Hernandez has filled that role for most of the season. Though now the Dodgers are better equipped to absorb his loss, with newly-acquired Chris Taylor, who plays every infield position.

Taylor started at shortstop on Monday and third base on Tuesday, but he's back on the bench on Wednesday night, with Corey Seager and Justin Turner back in their respective spots.

Stewart will wear No. 51 with the Dodgers.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Stewart, the Dodgers transferred pitcher Alex Wood to the 60-day disabled list. That is news because it means Wood won't be eligible to return until the end of July at the earliest.

Wood last started on May 30, and we are now at the end of the four weeks he was to rest his left posterior elbow soreness before getting reevaluated. The earliest date Wood could technically return to the Dodgers is July 30, though it sounds like he might take a tad longer than that.