Herrera is in an open competition for playing time in center field and right field, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. According to manager Gabe Kapler, Herrera will be battling Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr for at-bats, with Andrew McCutchen seemingly locked in as the everyday left fielder. Herrera was a key player for the team during the darkest days of its rebuild, but he slumped to a career-worst 97 wRC+ last season and began to lose playing time. The Venezuelan has the strongest track record out of the quartet but could see his role continue to slide if his results don't turn around, especially if the Phillies manage to land long-time target Bryce Harper.
Herrera is not in the lineup against Colorado on Thursday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Herrera will receive a breather after starting the past eight games, including an 0-for-4 showing during Wednesday's loss. In his place, Roman Quinn will man center field and bat third.
Herrera went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Mets. Herrera's two-run shot off Noah Syndergaard in the fourth inning put the Phillies up 3-0. It was his first homer of the month, and he's hitting just .125/.222/.225 through 14 games in September, but Herrera will look to build off Wednesday's momentum over the final 11 days of the season.
Herrera is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Herrera will retreat to the bench with the Mets deploying a left-handed starter in Steven Matz. In his place, Roman Quinn will pick up the start in center field, hitting third.
Herrera is out for the second game in a row Saturday against the Marlins as the Phillies face another lefty in Jarlin Garcia. Herrera remains in an extended slump, hitting just .167/.219/.256 over his last 27 games, so it's no surprise to see his role reduced. Roman Quinn will again start in center field.