PHILS MANAGER KAPLER PISSES ON HERRERA’S FUTURE IN CENTER!

By Steve Kelly

If I were Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera I would be very worried.

Especially after Phillies manager Gabe Kapler now admits there’s a competition for the team’s starting center fielder role between Herrera and Scott Kingery, who recently returned after a hamstring injury.

“I acknowledge that he hasn’t been the player that he can be,” Kapler told 94WIP yesterday. “He hasn’t been the hitter in the box that we know he can be. It’s a little early to kind of start taking him out of that position completely, but certainly it’s a competition out there. I said that in spring training, the guy who gives us the best opportunity to win every night at that position, will play.

“I’m not making any long-term declarations of who the every day center fielder is going to be because, we don’t have one right now.”

Herrera is hitting just .157/.232/.294 over his last 56 plate appearances and 13 starts. Over the last 365 days, Herrera is hitting only .215 with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. Herrera has started 29 of the Phillies’ 49 games this season.

The 27-year-old signed a 5-year, $30.5 million contract extension in 2016 with the Phils. Herrera is due $7 million in 2020 and $10 million in 2021, before clup options kick in for 2022 and 2023.

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