PHILLIES’ HERRERA BACK FROM INJURY: 3-FOR-3 AND RUN SCORED

By Sam Bush

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox 5-1 in a Grapefruit League game, but:

Odubel Herrera, who returned to the lineup Saturday for the first time in 13 days after injuring his left middle finger while sliding head first into home, went 3 for 3 and scored the Phillies’ run.

”He’s a freak,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ”This guy can hit. He’s just a real different kind of hitter. He’s got such great hand-eye coordination, it doesn’t take him long to get on track.”

Maikel Franco, who leads all major league players with eight home runs this spring, drove in Herrera with a first-inning double high off the replica Green Monster in center field. His drive just missed going out and was reviewed by the umpires, who let the call stand.

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