Howard status update expected on Monday
Phils' injured slugger taking grounders, has yet to hit or run
SAN DIEGO -- A doctor will examine Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard on Monday and redress the wound in his left heel, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday. Then the Phillies will learn if Howard can start more baseball activities."We'll find out more Monday," Amaro said. Howard has been taking ground balls, throwing and participating in weight training while on the disabled list, but he has yet to hit or run. He also visited the same wound specialist on Monday in Philadelphia. Howard underwent surgery on Feb. 27 after an infection developed following an initial procedure to repair his ruptured left Achilles' tendon in October. There's no timetable for his return.
Ruiz sits with sore left wrist
SAN DIEGO -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was out of the lineup Friday night against the Padres due to a sore left wrist he injured in a collision at the plate in Thursday's 2-0 victory at Petco Park.Ruiz said his wrist was sore and swollen. The Phillies will reevaluate it on Saturday. The injury is considered day to day. "He was having trouble gripping a bat, and I decided that today is the day that I would give him the day off," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I might give him another one, but we'll see how he is tomorrow." Brian Schneider started at catcher in place of Ruiz, who is hitting .275. Ruiz sustained the injury during a collision with Will Venable, who was caught trying to steal home in the sixth inning. Ruiz then struck out in his final two at-bats. "It was sore. It was more sore this morning when I woke up," Ruiz said.
Phils may keep Galvis after Utley returns
SAN DIEGO -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel indicated second baseman Freddy Galvis could stay with the team after Chase Utley returns from his knee issues, rather than going to the Minors.Manuel praised Galvis' defense -- such as the double play he started with shortstop Jimmy Rollins in the ninth inning on Thursday. "I'm not even thinking that way," Manuel said about the possibility of Galvis going to Triple-A when Utley returns. Manuel noted Galvis could sometimes play second base and spell Rollins at shortstop. The team will see Utley next week in Phoenix during their series against the D-backs. Utley has been rehabbing his knee issues in Phoenix and is expected to begin a rehab stint in the Minors before coming off the disabled list. Manuel said he has heard positive reports about Utley's rehab.
Manuel eager to get Contreras some action
SAN DIEGO -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he'd like to see reliever Jose Contreras pitch in a game soon.Contreras came off the disabled list on Monday and has yet to pitch in the Majors this season. He is coming back from right elbow surgery in September. His last big league appearance was June 19. His last pitching appearance was a rehab game with Class A Clearwater on April 13. "I'd love to get Contreras in a game, just to even get him one hitter," Manuel said. "I'd love to get him in a big league game before I throw him in a big pressure-cooker situation."
Wigginton gets nod vs. Padres' Volquez
SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to his success against Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, Ty Wigginton was in the Phillies' lineup on Friday to face the right-hander.Wigginton entered the night 3-for-6 with two home runs in his career against Volquez. Wigginton started at first base and batted sixth. "I think that kind of won him the game in my book, because we need to score some runs," manager Charlie Manuel said. Wigginton replaced John Mayberry Jr., who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Thursday to lower his average to .189.
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