Aaron Altherr exits early for Phillies

August 14, 2016: Philadelphia Phillies Outfield Aaron Altherr (23) [8448] during a Major League Baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)
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Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr left Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with an apparent leg injury following a double he hit to left field. He was pinch-run for by Cameron Perkins, who subsequently replaced him defensively, ending his night 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Following his appearance on Friday, he is batting .288 on the year with a .359 on-base percentage in his first extended opportunity for playing time with Philadelphia. He has clubbed 14 home runs and 44 RBIs, while adding five stolen bases and 20 doubles over his first 79 games of the year.

Altherr was batting leadoff against Milwaukee for just the second time all season. He has served primarily as the team’s No. 3 hitter, but entering the second half with a 29-58 record, the Phillies have the flexibility to try out new lineup patterns.

A native of Landstuhl, Germany, the Phillies selected Altherr in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Avondale, Ariz. He would go on to make his major league debut with the club in 2014 for a brief two-game stint, before seeing his playing time increase incrementally in 2015 and 2016.

Despite his 6-foot-5 frame, Altherr never displayed large chunks of power in the minor leagues, launching just 57 home runs over eight minor league seasons. The 14 home runs he has with the Phillies this year ties his career high at any level in the pros.

Just a year after playing at five different levels of the Philadelphia organization, Altherr has established himself as a part of the middle of the order.

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