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Odubel Herrera’s aching hammy temporarily solves Phillies’ roster issue

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Odubel Herrera’s aching hammy temporarily solves Phillies’ roster issue

DENVER — The Phillies placed centerfielder Odubel Herrera on the 10-day injured list before Thursday night’s game against the Rockies and activated Roman Quinn from his minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
 
Quinn was in the starting lineup, playing center field and batting sixth, against Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland.
 
The transaction involving Herrera and Quinn temporarily solved a roster riddle for the Phillies. Quinn’s 20-day rehab stint was due to expire next week and he had to go on the 25-man roster because he is out of minor-league options. The Phils would have had to clear room for him by subtracting a player, possibly outfielder Aaron Altherr or outfielder Nick Williams. Like Quinn, Altherr is out of options so he could be a trade candidate. Williams can be sent to the minors.
 
The Phillies could still have to face this decision soon because it does not sound as if Herrera will need significant time on the IL. He has a minor hamstring injury.
 
“He reported today with mild soreness, a little bit tender to the touch,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “At that point, we knew it was going to be a couple of days and if it’s going to be a couple of days we need to protect the ballclub and protect Odubel.”
 
Herrera said he did not believe he would need more than 10 days on the IL.
 
Quinn, exciting but oft-injured, could ultimately push Herrera for time in center field. He has game-changing speed and gap power. 
 
“When he hits a single, we see it as a possible double or triple or he can score easily from first base on a single,” Kapler said. “He’s just different than a lot of guys in the league.”
 
Quinn suffered an oblique strain in spring training.
 
“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’m excited.”
 
Kapler said Quinn would not be the only player to gets reps in center field while Herrera was out. Altherr figures to get some time. Scott Kingery could also get some time there, possibly next week in New York. For now, however, Kingery is at shortstop, possibly for the next two or three days, as Jean Segura deals with hamstring tightness. Segura has not been placed on the IL. The Phillies are carrying utility infielder Phil Gosselin as insurance and going with just seven relievers. They typically carry eight.

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Odubel Herrera exits with hamstring injury; is Roman Quinn call-up imminent?

Odubel Herrera exits with hamstring injury; is Roman Quinn call-up imminent?

Updated: 5 p.m.

Roster crunches always seem to have a way of working themselves out.

Odubel Herrera left Wednesday's game in the top of the fifth when he appeared to pull his hamstring on a lineout to center field. He walked around gingerly in center field as Phillies trainers looked at him before being removed by manager Gabe Kapler.

After the game, Kapler called the injury a right hamstring cramp. Herrera, who was his typical happy self in the clubhouse, will be reevaluated tomorrow.

"Sometimes a cramp can be a strain and we just wanted to be careful," Kapler said.

Aaron Altherr replaced Herrera in center field, but another replacement could be joining the Phillies in Colorado. Centerfielder Roman Quinn, who missed most of spring training and the first week of the season with an oblique strain, is ready to go. He's played four games at Triple A and has hit .370 with a double, triple, homer and two steals during his rehab assignment.

If a 10-day IL stint is next for Herrera, the easy move for the Phils would be to recall Quinn from Triple A in time for Thursday night's game at Coors Field. Altherr, Scott Kingery and Andrew McCutchen can also play center field. The Phillies do not view Nick Williams as an option there.

The Herrera injury may turn out to be minor and require no missed time. However, Jean Segura is also dealing a hamstring issue and was not placed on the IL Wednesday. The belief is Segura will need to miss only a few days. The Phillies will not be able to afford carrying two dinged-up players on the active roster who can't pinch-hit. It would leave them thin for a few days.

Before Herrera exited Wednesday, the Phillies' choices were designating Altherr for assignment or working out a trade, or optioning Williams to Triple A. Neither move may need to be made now.

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Phillies 4, Nationals 3: Rhys Hoskins hits two home runs and Phillies hang on for victory

Phillies 4, Nationals 3: Rhys Hoskins hits two home runs and Phillies hang on for victory

BOX SCORE 

For the second day in a row, Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead home run, the defense cut down a run at the plate and the Phillies won a one-run game at Citizens Bank Park.

This one was a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in front of 28,212 on Monday night.

The Phillies are 7-2.

Hoskins broke a 2-2 tie with a solo homer against Anibal Sanchez with one out in the sixth. The homer came on a full-count curveball. On Sunday, Hoskins belted a decisive two-run homer on a full-count curveball from Minnesota’s Jose Berrios. That homer lifted the Phils to a 2-1 win.

Hoskins likes hitting with a full count. He has 12 homers and 30 RBIs in 136 career at-bats with a full count.

Hoskins concluded his night with a second homer, a solo shot in the eighth inning. It proved to be huge after Pat Neshek gave up a homer in the ninth and the Nats cut the Phils’ lead to one.

Hoskins has five homers and 15 RBIs on the young season.

The keys

• Hoskins did it again.

• For the second day in a row, the Phillies cut down a run at the plate. This time, right fielder Bryce Harper cut off a ball in the gap and fired to shortstop Jean Segura, who threw a strike to J.T. Realmuto to nail Ryan Zimmerman. Huge play in a close game.

• With a man on first base and one out in the fourth, Odubel Herrera got a first-pitch, 89-mph fastball from Sanchez. Herrera jumped all over the low-octane fastball and drove it out to right to tie the game at 2-2.

• Nice work Seranthony Dominguez, Adam Morgan and David Robertson. They combined for three scoreless innings out of the ‘pen. Neshek got the final three outs — Juan Soto, Zimmerman and Kurt Suzuki — with the tying run at second.

Velasquez’ night

Vince Velasquez’ first start of the season wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad, either. He battled some command issues and ran a high pitch count in a rough second inning, but still managed to hold the Nats to two runs over five innings. He walked none and struck out two.

The runs that Velasquez allowed came in the second when he gave up a leadoff double to Juan Soto and a one-out homer to Suzuki on a 2-2 slider. Velasquez looked uneasy working with a runner on base and his tempo slowed down significantly leading up to the homer by Suzuki. Other than that, not a bad place to start for Velasquez, who needs to put together some consistency to secure his spot in the rotation and hold off competition from Triple A or even outside the organization.

Rehab outing

OK, so it wasn’t a rehab outing, per se, but manager Gabe Kapler got struggling Dominguez back on the mound in a 2-2 game in the top of sixth inning. Dominguez, who has struggled with command and velocity in the early going, delivered a clean inning and popped the ball up to 98 mph, which was a good sign.

In real rehab matters, Roman Quinn (oblique strain) continues to play for Single A Clearwater. Kapler said Quinn was healthy, but the Phillies would not rush him back, partly because Herrera was playing so well and it might be tough to get Quinn in the lineup immediately. Kapler said it was possible that Quinn could get some at-bats at Double A or Triple A before being activated. Beginning Friday, the Phils play 17 straight days. Quinn will likely get some starts during that stretch, Kapler said.

Lineup tweak

Kapler gave slumping Cesar Hernandez his first night off and went with Scott Kingery at second base. Hernandez, hitting .179 in the first eight games, could be right back in there Tuesday night. He has been hitting seventh in the lineup. Kapler said it was not out the question that he’d look to hit Hernandez ninth at some point in the season. That would allow Maikel Franco to move to seventh and continue to hit in front of the pitcher while Hernandez at the bottom could give the Phils something akin to back-to-back leadoff men. Just a thought.

Kingery had a pair of singles.

Up next

Aaron Nola makes his third start of the season on Tuesday night. He faces Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals roughed up Nola for six runs in three innings last week in Washington.

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