Veteran center fielder Odubel Herrera won't be in the lineup when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon. The 29-year-old is still dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to make an early exit from Friday's 8-6 victory over the Pirates.
Herrera isn't expected to miss too much time, which is why he's listed as day-to-day. Still, his injury is far from ideal for a Phillies squad that is fighting to make the playoffs in the final days of the MLB's regular season.
Odubel Herrera Injury Update
Herrera didn't play at all for the Phillies organization last season in the wake of an off-field issue. Even after that missed time, he's been decent this year, recording 13 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .258/.311/.416 slash line in 117 games.
Losing a player like Herrera at this point of the season is unfortunate for the Phillies, who trail the Atlanta Braves by 1.5 games for the NL East lead. Philadelphia begins a three-game series with Atlanta on Tuesday, so getting their centerfielder back by then could be a deciding factor in who wins the division.
In the meantime, Matt Vierling will fill in for Herrera at center field. The 25-year-old has played 27 games for the Phillies this year, tallying 3 RBIs in 53 at-bats while slashing .340/.379/.434.
The Phillies have +190 odds to win the NL East, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Braves are favored at -270.
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