With McCutchen Injured, What Will Happen Next?
In Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres, center fielder Andrew McCutchen retreated to second base after a pop up by Jean Segura. The Padres’ second baseman Ian Kinsler intentionally dropped the ball to throw out Segura at first and get McCutchen into a rundown. When going into the bag, McCutchen slid incorrectly, causing, as Angelo Cataldi and the 94.1 WIP Morning Show described it, a simple “knee injury.” Knowing McCutchen’s history, it came as no surprise that this was indeed another ACL tear. Phils’ manager Gabe Kapler quotes that his injury “will sting” since he is a huge presence on this young Phillies team. McCutchen received an MRI on Tuesday and has been sent to the IL. Unfortunately, he is expected to miss the rest of the season.
A Possible Short-Term Solution
If need be, the Phillies will recall their former first-round selection, Adam Haseley. He has shined in the minors this year and can make a real impact in the MLB down the road. The twenty-three-year-old combined for a .275 batting average and .358 OBP this year for both AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley.
In an opportune fashion, the Phillies acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners on June 2nd. The Mariners received third baseman Jake Scheiner from single-A in exchange. Bruce fits perfectly in Philadelphia’s outfield as another option to make up for the now-injured McCutchen. In his few games, he’s been swinging a hot bat. So far, he has three homers and seven runs batted in.
What About Odubel?
Lastly, what could this mean for Odubel Herrera? His court case has not yet begun, and he is being dissed by media and fans alike. Herrera allegedly domestically abused his twenty-year-old girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel and casino over Memorial Day weekend. With McCutchen going down, will the Phillies keep Odubel around and think about him returning for the playoffs? Or, will they make the more popular move and get rid of him for good? There are many questions about this current situation, and with Haseley and Bruce in the mix, the future for Odubel is not looking bright.