During the Philadelphia Phillies victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon, center fielder Odubel Herrera came up limping after tracking down a fly ball in the fifth inning. He came out of the game, but manager Gabe Kapler said after the game that it was just cramps.
Further tests revealed a hamstring strain for Herrera and he is headed to the injured list. Roman Quinn, who was rehabbing in Triple-A, will take Herrera’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Herrera, 27, was slashing .302/.333/.434 during the month of April, with four doubles, a home run, seven runs scored and seven RBIs. With him nursing a sore hamstring, it gives Quinn the opportunity to come back up to the big leagues and man center.
Quinn strained his oblique during Spring Training and joined the Phillies Advanced ‘A’ affiliate in Clearwater on April 4 to begin a rehab assignment. The speedy outfielder’s career has been mired by numerous injuries thus far, but he’s still just 25 years old. After his short stint in Clearwater, Quinn has appeared in four games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a triple, two RBIs, six runs scored, eight strikeouts and two walks.
In 65 career Major League games, Quinn has hit .261 with 10 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 18 RBIs. He also has 15 stolen bases.
Herrera’s injury could also provide a chance for Scott Kingery to play in the outfield. Over the last five games, Kingery is hitting 9-for-17 with four doubles, two homers and six RBIs.
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