Late Sunday, Odubel Herrera posted a photo of the heavily taped middle finger on his right-hand on Snapchat. It turns out he injured the finger sliding head first into home plate in a game March 6th and was awaiting x-rays to be taken on Monday. Those x-rays came back negative and manager Pete Mackanin told the media, including Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal, that Herrera could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday. Herrera was out of the lineup for two days after the injury, but had played three out of the four games since then, going 5-for-9, upping his spring average to .391 in seven games. Herrera sat out Monday's game - an 8-7 loss to Baltimore - and David Lough played center field for the Phillies.
The fact that Herrera won't miss significant time is good news for the Phillies who have already had injuries to Aaron Altherr (wrist surgery) and Cody Asche (oblique injury) this Spring. Asche hasn't played at all, while Altherr has been out since injuring the wrist making a diving catch in the first inning of a game on March 4th. Altherr will miss anywhere from four to six months, while it's not known when Asche will be able to resume baseball activities.
Herrera was a Rule 5 pick from the Texas Rangers, who took over as the Phillies everyday center fielder to open last season even though he had never played the position before in professional baseball. The 24-year old put up a line of 8-41-.297/.344/.418 in his first season in the majors.
The Phillies are hoping that recent Rule 5 pick, outfielder Tyler Goeddel will be able to help the ballclub this season. Goeddel is hitting .267 in ten spring games with the Phillies, while fellow Rule 5 pick, Daniel Stumpf is now 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in four games in his attempt to join the Phillies bullpen. Stumpf took the loss Monday, allowing three earned runs in two innings of work, suffering the loss to the Orioles.