Phillies Could Place Odubel Herrera on the DL
Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera is out of the lineup for a fourth night in a row with a sore hamstring, as the Phillies are set to face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco Friday night. The move could mean the Phillies finally break down and add Herrera to the disabled list. Yesterday the Phillies took advantage of the 26th man in a doubleheader to send Nick Pivetta to Triple-A and add Pedro Florimon, but a disabled list stint could still be in order.
After last night's loss to the Giants, CSN Philly had Phillies manager Pete Mackanin on record saying that a move could be a possibility. "He might be going on the DL. We're thinking about it", said Mackanin to CSN Philly. The Phillies already added Florimon to the 40-man roster. The only healthy position players left are outfielder Dylan Cozens,, who is struggling mightily at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and first baseman Brock Stassi, who the Phillies have thrown into the outfield at times.
Rookie outfielder Nick Williams will once again start in center field for the Phillies. Williams, a solid defender who probably profiles best in right field, has filled in capably for Herrera in the interim. Outfielder Cameron Perkins can also help in center field, but does not have the bat that Williams and converted first baseman Rhys Hoskins can give the club. The Phillies have been giving at bats in right field to Baltimore Orioles salary dump Hyun Soo Kim.
If the Phillies make a move, it could be to add a pitcher. Jake Thompson was scratched from his start for the IronPigs yesterday afternoon with no real explanation. Thompson could start in the Phillies doubleheader on Tuesday against the Marlins. Ben Lively is also on the 40-man roster and made some appearances for the Phillies.
The Phillies are already without outfielder Aaron Altherr, leaving two holes in the Phillies outfield.