Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has officially moved Ben Revere to left field on a permanent basis, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. He added that Odubel Herrera, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers, would likely be in center field on Opening Day.
The move comes somewhat in response to Domonic Brown’s Achilles injury, which will probably keep him out of the Opening Day lineup and may result in a stint on the disabled list. Additionally, Revere has shown subpar defensive skills in center field. Despite his speed, he has taken odd routes to fly balls and has arguably the weakest arm among all outfielders in the majors. Herrera has been a second baseman by trade, but has racked up a fair share of innings in the outfield this spring. He’s also batting .321 through 56 at-bats, so the Phillies wanted to keep his bat in the lineup.
With Revere in left and Herrera in center, Darin Ruf or Grady Sizemore will probably end up in right field for the Phillies on Opening Day.