It’s Hammer Time once again.
The Phillies selected the contract of reliever J.D. Hammer from Triple A on Saturday as they placed outfielder Odubel Herrera on the 10-day injured list with left ankle tendonitis.
Hammer, acquired from the Rockies in 2017 in the Pat Neshek trade, appeared in 20 games with the Phillies in 2019 and had a 3.79 ERA. He’s had success this season at Lehigh Valley with a 1.74 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 20⅔ innings. The right-hander turns 27 on Monday.
Hammer made his season debut in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday at Fenway Park with the Phils up 11-2. He quickly loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, a single and a walk before getting a pair of strikeouts and a flyout to escape sans damage.
Herrera had missed three of the Phillies’ last four games because of a combination of the ankle issue and his struggles at the plate. He did hit a three-run home run to left-center at Wrigley Field on Monday but has otherwise been unproductive with a .167 on-base percentage since June 2. His IL stint is retroactive to July 9.
Manager Joe Girardi does not expect a long absence for Herrera.
"We’re hoping this stint on the IL will clear it up," he said. "My hope is he’ll be ready next Tuesday against the Yankees when he’s eligible to come off."
Jean Segura has taken over the leadoff role for the Phillies and that appears to be his spot for the foreseeable future. He’s batting .325 and has been their most consistent hitter this season.