"I want to say this is one of the best teams I've been on my whole career, besides maybe the A's when I was young," said Hernandez, a career .264 hitter who debuted with Oakland in 1999. "There's a lot of star potential on this team."
Hernandez will back up A.J. Ellis and is excited to work with a pitching staff that leads the Majors with a 0.80 ERA entering Sunday's action.
"This is one of the greatest pitching staffs in the whole Major Leagues," Hernandez said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects to play Hernandez a "couple times" each week to keep Ellis fresh.
"A.J. is our guy. Ramon's here to give us experience, give us some depth," Mattingly said. "He's been a good player for a long time. We still think he's got something left."
For now, the Dodgers have three catchers in Ellis, Hernandez and rookie Tim Federowicz, who made his first start of the season Sunday. The Dodgers won't carry three catchers for an extended period, though, and Federowicz is likely to be optioned to the Minor Leagues this week.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.