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Phillies' Amaro confirms Herrera will open season as starting CF
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Monday that Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera will open the season as the team's starting center fielder, per MLB.com.
“He kind of fits the bill of what we were trying to do,” Amaro said. “We were trying to get younger, a little more athletic. He’s got good energy, he’s got a decent package. Is he going to be a .300 hitter toward the top of our lineup or wherever (Ryne Sandberg) puts him? I don’t know. We’re going to give him a shot. That’s what this season is about.”
Phillies likely to open with Ben Revere in LF, Odubel Herrera in CF
|(3/29/15) Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg said Ben Revere will most likely remain in left field and Odubel Herrera will be in center on opening day, reports The News Journal.|
Revere and Herrera were shifted to their respective outfield positions less than two weeks ago and it appears the move will carry over into the regular season.
For the spring, Revere his hitting .170 with in 53 at-bats while Herrera is hitting .346 in 52 at-bats.
Phillies may be looking at Odubel Herrera in center for long term
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/23/15) When Odubel Herrera was first sent to center field by Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, it was called an "experiment".
Herrera has played two of his 559 career games in center field, both in Class-A, and fielded a total of two fly balls.
Monday was his third straight spring start in center field, and the experiment is looking to be a possible long-term solution.
“I want to continue to look at that,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, per the News Journal's Meghan Montemurro. “I think it really gives us the chance to improve our defense in a lot of ways. Herrera seems the most comfortable right now as a young player in center field."
"He finds himself in there quite often and he continues to do some little things and bring energy to the field,” Sandberg continued. “It’s nice to have him in the lineup.”
Phillies' Ben Revere OK with work in left field
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/23/15) Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has started in left field for three consecutive games, with Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera in center field, and the outfielder is OK with the move, which may or may not translate into time in left field during the regular season, MLB.com reports.
"It's been a little while since I've played there," Revere said. "I really adjust quickly. It won't be anything I'm nervous about. They said they just want to see another bat in the lineup, so I just do what the coaches say. Maybe we'll see it in the regular season, but it's just to get prepared for it."
Revere hasn't played left field in a regular-season game since 2012. Herrera entered play Monday batting .368 with one double, two walks and four stolen bases, and one scout called him the second-best hitter on the team behind Chase Utley.
One day after knee injury, Odubel Herrera returns to Phillies' lineup
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/22/15) Odubel Herrera returned to the Phillies' lineup on Sunday, a day after he felt a tweak in his knee, forcing him to leave a game early.
Herrera batted seventh and played center field. He went hitless in two at bats, grounding into a pair of force outs. He also walked and scored before leaving the game in the seventh.
Herrera had a pair of putouts in center, but he also misplayed a fly ball over his head that resulted in an inside-the-park home run for Mookie Betts.
Herrera is hitting .368 in 12 games this spring.
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