Odubel scratched to sign paperwork for WBC '17

Odubel scratched to sign paperwork for WBC '17

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field, but it has nothing to do with an injury. Herrera needed to fly to the Venezuelan embassy in New Orleans to sign paperwork to be eligible to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Herrera was scheduled to return sometime Tuesday.

Before Herrera joins Venezuela next week for the Classic, he will see some time in left field. No, the Phillies are not considering a position change. Phils manager Pete Mackanin said he plans to play Herrera there only because he will be playing left for Venezuela.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.