By Sam Bush
When Phillies Boy Genius General Manager Matt Klentak met with the media yesterday, one of the topics was Odubel Herrera, who was arrested and charged in May 2019 with simple assault of his girlfriend in Atlantic City.
The charge was dismissed, but Major League Baseball suspended him 85 games for violating the league’s domestic abuse policy.
The Phillies removed Herrera from the 40-man roster in January, first designating him for assignment and then outrighting him to Triple-A.
The Phillies said they considered placing Herrera on their 60-man player pool, which means he could rejoin the team at some point this season.
“He’ll continue to gain consideration,” Klentak said.
“The 53 that we named is not going to be the only 53 we see all year. Obviously, we have seven to work with right now. I mentioned some replacements that’ll likely be coming this week, and I think as we get toward the end of Spring Training, there’ll probably be a second wave of players that join that could include somebody like Odúbel.
“It could include more longer-term prospects to get some development time. But again, we didn’t want to make those decisions three weeks before we have to because there’s just so much that can happen in the next three weeks. It’s really almost four weeks because we don’t start until Friday. We just want to give ourselves some room to breathe and adjust if we need to before we make too many decisions that cannot be unwound.”