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Phillies shuffle roster, Odubel Herrera called up to majors

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Herrera in, Mickey Moniak out as the Phillies’ continue to seek solutions for center field

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Odubel Herrera will be the latest player to attempt to fill the Phillies’ void in center field.
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The Phillies announced a series of personnel moves on Monday afternoon:

The biggest news is that Mickey Moniak has been sent back to the alternate site, and Odubel Herrera has been recalled. Herrera’s return to the majors comes almost two years after he was suspended for a domestic violence incident in May 2019. He was part of the competition to win the centerfield job in Spring Training, but after hitting a few early home runs, his play trailed off badly.

Moniak’s stint in the majors lasted just nine games. While he looked capable in the field and hit a home run, for the most part, he looked overmatched at the plate, and recorded a slash line of .120/.214/.240.

Jose Alvarado’s return should provide a boost to a bullpen which has struggled over the past week in the absence of its two main setup men. Before going on the injured list, Alvarado had appeared in six games, allowing just one run, while striking out ten in 5.2 innings.

As for how everyone will fit on the roster, Joe Girardi offered some clarification:

Vince Velasquez’s first start wasn’t any worse than any of Moore’s starts, and if he can turn in a decent outing, there may be the possibility that he can hold on to the spot for a little longer. As for Herrera, we’ll see if he can provide any on-field value at a center field position that has been nothing short of disastrous this season.