OH GREAT! PHILLIES’ HOTTEST HITTER HERRERA ON 10-DAY DL!

By Sam Bush

As they sink slowly into the San Francisco Bay, the Phillies are going to have to do without their hottest hitter:

Odubel Herrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The transaction is retroactive to Tuesday.

“I’m definitely surprised,” Herrera said through the team’s interpreter. “I thought it was going to be something quick. It is what it is and hopefully I’ll recover sooner rather than later.”

Herrera, who has a 17-game hitting streak, is hitting .343 with 24 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 32 RBIs and a .967 OPS since June 1. He ranks 16th out of 151 qualified hitters in OPS in that span. He entered Friday with a 2.2 WAR since the All-Star break, according to FanGraphs. It was tied with Giancarlo Stanton and Charlie Blackmon for the best mark in baseball.

“To be honest with you, I think I could play, but I don’t want to force it,” Herrera said. “I think we should play it safe. We don’t want me to go back on the field and then have something happen. I want to be 100 percent sure that I can go out there and perform the way I know I can.”

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