Phillies Close to Return of Altherr, Herrera
The Phillies no sooner traded outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Washington Nationals than the injury bug hit them. First Aaron Altherr re-aggravated his prior hamstring injury. Then, Odubel Herrera injured his own. Both players rehabbed at Double-A Reading last night and will move their rehab to Triple-A Lehigh Valley tonight.
With 40-man roster spots at a premium, the Phillies released reliever Casey Fien. Fien had been on the 60-day disabled list and rehabbed throughout the Phillies system. With the claim of Juan Nicasio yesterday, the Phillies did not have room on the 40-man roster to reinstate Fien.
The Phillies still say that Hoskins will get time in left field. That means Williams, Altherr, or Herrera will get some time off, perhaps to make sure that no further nagging injury comes during the last month of the season. Rosters officially expanded September 1 but so far the only roster addition we know of has been Nicasio, and he has not even been officially added juest.