Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera was arrested Monday night. Today we learn some of the ugly details of the incident which led to his arrest.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a police report, reported last night that Herrera left “hand print markings” on his girlfriend’s neck. He also left “small scratches” on the woman’s arms. The police report has not yet been made public.
Herrera, who was arrested at the Golden Nugget casino following the alleged assault, faces a June 17 court appearance on charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury. He is currently on on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates the matter. That leave will likely last beyond Herrera’s presumed multiple court dates and will almost certainly end with a lengthy suspension, whether or not he is found guilty to criminal charges.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.