Odubel Herrera is not in Phillies' Wednesday lineup

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

He departed the clubhouse before the media entered the previous night.

Mackanin had previously benched Herrera for similar indiscretions, yet keeps failing to realize improved results.

"It went fine", the manager said. "There's no trouble or no problem at all".

Mackanin has expressed frustration with Herrera in the past. "I basically flat-out told him what he needs to do". But it seems to me if a guy is getting results, that would make you comfortable. And I take it.

But why does this keep happening?

Odubel Herrera had a rough night Tuesday.

How does he plan to prevent this from being a regular thing?

But the eye test raises plenty of questions about Herrera. "He's going to get where we need him to be".

"Stretch", he said in English.

But Herrera was gone. He was double-switched out for Cameron Perkins at the time when Luis Garcia came in the game to relieve Nick Pivetta.

Did missing his third base coach cost the team a game earlier this year? No, it did not. "He still has a few".

His 10.0 wins above replacement in his first three seasons is the third-highest by any Phillies player since 1968, trailing only Mike Schmidt and Scott Rolen.

If the Phillies don't use him on Wednesday, he will likely be sent back to Lehigh Valley and return to the starting rotation there with another move being made.

Comparing Herrera to Jimmy Rollins is a bit unfair, of course, since Rollins happens to be the all-time hits leader for a franchise that's been around for 135 years.

What did Herrera think of the meeting? No, it certainly would not.

Odubel Herrera was held out of the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night, a day after he was yanked from the game.

A common mistake critics of Herrera's game make is to come to that conclusion that Herrera, given his mental lapses, can not be a leader or a player the Phillies build around. "He's one of them, so I'm going to give him two days (the Phillies are off Thursday)".

As for flipping his bat, honestly, who cares? However they play it, it is nice that the Phillies will have most of their key pieces healthy.

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