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Herrera exits with cramped right hamstring

Outfielder will be re-evaluated on Thursday
@ToddZolecki
April 17, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera left Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park with a cramped right hamstring. Herrera pulled up after catching a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning. Aaron Altherr took his place. "It's one of those things that we're

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera left Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park with a cramped right hamstring.

Herrera pulled up after catching a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning. Aaron Altherr took his place.

"It's one of those things that we're going to need to re-evaluate,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Obviously going out there it looked like he was limping on that play, so we just wanted to take precaution. He did say he had a cramp when we went out there. Sometimes a cramp can be a strain, and we just wanted to be careful. We'll take a good look at him tomorrow, and read and react.”

Herrera gave a thumbs up to reporter in the clubhouse after the game, but if the cramp does prove to be a strain and if Herrera needs to miss significant time, the Phillies could activate outfielder Roman Quinn from the injured list. Quinn has been on the shelf since the beginning of the season after he strained his right oblique in Spring Training.

“Not quite there yet, but certainly he's a phone call away if we need him,” Kapler said.

Quinn is healthy and playing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His rehab assignment ends April 23, meaning he must be activated once that ends. Teams are allowed one travel day, meaning the Phillies could push Quinn’s activation until April 25.

The Phillies had been moving in that direction because it delays a difficult 40-man roster decision. Quinn and Altherr are out of options, meaning either player would have to clear waivers before they could be sent to Triple-A. Essentially, the Phillies had been putting off activating Quinn for a moment just like this. If they had activated Quinn last week and potentially lost Altherr on waivers, they would be shorthanded if Herrera needs to miss time.

Now, they have some depth to handle any potential loss.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook .