Add Cesar Hernandez to the list of injured Phillies. The second baseman suffered a strained hip flexor during Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins while running bases. The injury was described by manager Gabe Kapler as a grade-one strain, which is termed mild.
There is no immediate timetable for Hernandez to return to the field, but it’s thought that he should be able to be ready for opening day. Hernandez told reporters on Thursday that he was already noting improvement since suffering the injury on Monday. If Hernandez is unable to return in time for opening day, it’s likely that Scott Kingery would be the opening day second baseman. Kingery and Maikel Franco are in a competition for the starting third base job.
On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that reliever Tommy Hunter had suffered a strained elbow flexor and was going to be shut down for at least two weeks. Hunter will likely open the season on the DL, which is where he started the 2018 season.
Outfielders Odubel Herrera (hamstring strain) and Roman Quinn (oblique strain) were in a battle for the center field job until they were shut down by injuries. Quinn may not be able to return in time to be ready for opening day, but Herrera does figure to be ready to get back on the field soon enough that he will be ready to go on opening day.