SAN DIEGO — The Phillies trailed by three in the ninth inning Monday, but they threatened to tie it. Manager Pete Mackanin found Odubel Herrera and asked his best hitter if he could remain in the game if it continued.
“I can’t run hard,” Herrera told Mackanin.
So Herrera, who has a 17-game hitting streak, was absent from the lineup Tuesday because of soreness in his left hamstring. He will probably miss Wednesday’s game, too. Beyond that? It is not unreasonable to expect time on the disabled list.
The Phillies have lost three players — Aaron Altherr, Howie Kendrick, and Daniel Nava — to lingering hamstring issues this season. Their absences all began like this, with a few missed games and optimism that it would not last long.
“It hurts,” Herrera said. He did not think he would have to go on the disabled list. Herrera, 25, has never been on the DL.
It was unclear when Herrera injured the hamstring; he said it happened late in the game Monday while in the field.
“The trainer told me he had talked about it before the game, but he looked fine during the game,” Mackanin said. “Until his last at-bat, he was kind of favoring his left hamstring. He might have aggravated something he felt.”
The Phillies added an outfielder Tuesday from triple-A when Cameron Perkins was recalled. He replaced Nava, who went on the disabled list for the third time this season. Nava has a strained lower back.
Rhys Hoskins was the first Phillie to hit his first two career homers in the same game since Scott Rolen in 1996. The rookie was raised 500 miles north of here, in Sacramento, and his cheering section Monday totaled 30 or 40 people. With the aid of ballpark security and postgame autograph exchanges, Hoskins retrieved both of his home-run balls. “It’s something I’ll have for the rest of my life,” Hoskins said. … Adam Haseley, the Phillies’ first-round pick earlier this season, was promoted to low-A Lakewood. He posted a .730 OPS in 37 games with rookie-league Williamsport. Haseley was the designated hitter Tuesday for Lakewood, while the Phillies’ first-round pick from 2016, Mickey Moniak, manned center. The two prospects will trade time in center for the remainder of the season.