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Odúbel Herrera likely to miss Opening Day with mild oblique strain


Odubel Herrera won’t be ready for Opening Day. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

The sound you hear is our Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day lineup projection 1.0 going into the shredder.

Odúbel Herrera — who entered the camp seemingly as the favorite to be the Opening Day center fielder — has a mild oblique strain, Joe Girardi revealed Wednesday. Girardi, per Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, estimated that Herrera will miss 4-6 weeks.

If not Herrera, Matt Vierling appears in line to start in center field when the Phillies welcome the Oakland Athletics to Citizens Bank Park on April 8. Vierling went 2-2 with two RBIs in Wednesday’s 8-7 Grapefruit League win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old impressed in a limited sample size last season, slashing .324/.364/.479 in 71 at-bats.

With Herrera likely to open the season on the injured list, it will open up another roster spot for a player capable of playing center field. Former first-round picks Mickey Moniak and Adam Haseley could both fit the bill, as could Simon Muzziotti. Scott Kingery is also in big-league camp, but the Phillies would probably prefer a left-handed hitter to pair with Vierling, and unlike the three options mentioned above, Kingery isn’t currently on the 40-man roster.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Steve

    March 24, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Your not going to get much for Bohm
    Why not demote him and see if he can
    be fixed before you trade him away.
    then watch him bloom somewhere else
    Torreys was a good option last year why
    not him or Didi at 3rd base with Stott
    at shortstop.

  2. Steve

    March 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Centerfield will be a try out position once again
    Why not see who if anyone can rise to the occasion
    before looking for an outside fix.

  3. JH

    March 28, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Why not throw out the spring training leader in homeruns, the Mick in CF? When are they going to see what this guy has? Last year they call him up six times and he got no more than three at bats each time. He’s ended up hitting every where he’s been, lead AAA in almost every category for this team. Throw him in the fire and see what you got. He’s got three bombs already. Stay tuned!

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