SAN DIEGO — The Phillies were without their hottest hitter in Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres as Odubel Herrera was on the bench with a sore left hamstring.
Herrera sat quietly in front of his locker before his mates took the field for batting practice at Petco Park. He was asked what he was feeling in his ailing leg.
"Pain," he said.
Succinct. To the point.
Herrera said he hurt himself running down a ball in center field late in Monday night's game against the Padres. He favored the leg when he struck out at the plate the next inning.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Herrera actually told team athletic trainers that he felt some tightness in the leg before the game. Either way, Herrera was out of the lineup Tuesday night and Mackanin indicated that he would likely hold him out of the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Padres.
The Phils have had a number of players sit out games with a tight hamstring in recent weeks, outfielders Daniel Nava and Aaron Altherr to be specific. Both eventually ended up on the disabled list.
Speaking of Nava, he went back on the disabled list Tuesday with a lower-back strain. The Phillies summoned outfielder Cameron Perkins from Triple A to take his roster spot.
With Herrera out of the lineup, Mackanin used rookie Nick Williams in center field. Williams has minor-league experience in center field, including 10 games at Lehigh Valley this season.
Rhys Hoskins, who hit his first two big-league home runs on Monday night (see story), was back in left field and Hyun Soo Kim started in right.
Herrera had two hits on Monday night to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He is hitting .379 over that span.