Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

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leyritz.jpgThe wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company.
A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit settlement isn’t an admission of guilt and that the former major leaguer maintains his innocence.
Police say Leyritz was drunk at the time of the accident, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 measured a couple of hours after the crash. However, the prosecution will claim that the Fredia Veitch, who died in the collision, was also under the influence and that the crash wasn’t Leyritz’s fault.

Odúbel Herrera dealing with strained left hamstring

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Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera is dealing with a slight strain of his left hamstring, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Herrera apparently had been dealing with some discomfort in that area starting a couple weeks ago and underwent an MRI.

Herrera, 27, is coming off a 2018 season in which he took a step back. He hit slightly below the league average at .255/.310/.420 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 597 plate appearances. He is entering the third year of his five-year, $30.5 million contract signed back in December 2016.

Herrera is slated to be the club’s starting center fielder once again. In the event his hamstring issue lingers, Roman Quinn would slide into the starting role. One wonders, though, if a less-than-100-percent Herrera might further entice the Phillies to go after free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.