The Phillies stripped Odubel Herrera’s likeness from Citizens Bank Park this week, seeming to signal an impending divorce with the outfielder as he faces domestic-abuse charges.
“We don’t believe it’s appropriate to have them displayed while the investigation is going on,” Phillies vice president of communications Bonnie Clark said Thursday.
Herrera is on administrative leave until at least June 17, as Major League Baseball conducts an investigation following his arrest on Memorial Day at an Atlantic City casino. He was charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury after an alleged altercation involving his 20-year-old girlfriend. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.
After being informed of Herrera’s arrest, the Phillies asked Major League Baseball to remove his name from the All-Star Ballot. They replaced his four banners outside the ballpark while the team was on its six-game road trip and covered a large sign on the main concourse with a photo of reliever Hector Neris.
As for whether the signage would return, Clark said, “That decision will be made at an appropriate time."
If the Phillies were to release Herrera, they would still be on the hook for the balance of the $24-million contract extension he signed in December 2016, which runs through the 2021 season. Their acquisition last week of outfielder Jay Bruce seemed to indicate they were preparing to be without the 2016 All-Star.