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.
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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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