Elian Herrera was carted off the field in the top of the eight inning in the Milwaukee Brewers’ game tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. Skip Schumaker blooped a double into shallow left field, and Herrera, Jean Segura, and Shane Peterson all gave chase. Segura managed to avoid any contact, but Peterson and Herrera collided hard on the play.
Peterson was holding his knee, but eventually rose to his feet and was able to walk off the field. He was replaced by Jason Rogers in left field. Herrera, however, laid down on his stomach for several minutes before the Brewers’ medical staff rolled him on to a stretcher. He was carted off the field, accompanied by Brewers’ head trainer Dan Wright. Herrera was writhing in pain on the cart and was taken to the hospital for further examination. Hernan Perez replaced Herrera at third base.
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The injury is an unfortunate blow for Herrera, who had worked himself into an everyday role after having been twice outrighted to AAA this season. Herrera has been the starter at third base against righties, splitting time with Hernan Perez, and the starter at second base against lefties, where he platooned with Scooter Gennett. He’s hit a career high seven home runs and posted a career best .687 OPS this year, earning a career high 277 plate appearances. Since July 31st, he’s hit .261/.311/.412 with 17 extra base hits in 165 plate appearances.
Herrera will be 31 years old when the 2016 season starts, so it’s unlikely that he’s in the long term plans for the Brewers. With his strong efforts this season, however, Herrera has certainly earned himself a spot one someone’s major league roster as a utility man next season. We send our best to Elian Herrera, and will follow any updates to his condition.
According to Brewers’ radio announcer Joe Block, Herrera’s x-rays came back negative on his right thigh. He was diagnosed with a severe contusion.