"He might be a DL [candidate]," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We're thinking a lot about it."
It is bad timing for Herrera. He is the midst of a career-best 17-game hitting streak. It is the longest hitting streak by a Phillies player since Raul Ibanez had an 18-game hitting streak in 2010. Herrera entered Thursday hitting .343 with 24 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 32 RBIs and a .967 OPS since June 1.
The Phillies selected the contract of Pedro Florimon on Thursday to help a shorthanded bench. He is a natural infielder, but he can play in the outfield. He started 14 games in the outfield this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Florimon replaced right-hander Nick Pivetta, whom the Phillies optioned Wednesday. To make room for Florimon on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated right-hander Pedro Beato for assignment.
Velasquez to see specialist: Mackanin said right-hander Vince Velasquez is scheduled to see a specialist in St. Louis about his injured middle finger. Velasquez left his Aug. 10 start after the first inning because he said he felt numbness in the finger. He said the finger felt fine the next afternoon, but the Phillies placed him on the DL.
Rauch honored: The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society announced that Phillies Minor League athletic training and rehabilitation coordinator Joe Rauch has been named its coordinator of the year.