Phillies Notes: A cautious Manuel sits Ruiz

Posted: May 30, 2012

NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz was in the original starting lineup, but on second thought Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided that his catcher who is off to a blazing start, needed the day off. And, according to Manuel, Ruiz is likely to get another off on Tuesday.

Ruiz was idled by tightness in his right hamstring. He is listed by the team as day-to-day.

"I felt like we had to sit him down because he did have some tightness," Manuel said after Monday's 8-4 win over the New York Mets in the first of a three-game series at Citi Field. "That is day-to-day and I don't think I will let that linger."

And so Manuel will likely be cautious for Tuesday's game.

"We can catch [Brian] Schneider and will probably catch Schneider [Tuesday], and there is a good chance of that," Manuel said.

Ruiz is batting .366 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs.

He had been penciled in Monday's original lineup as the cleanup hitter. Shane Victorino took his place in the fourth spot, and went 0 for 4 with a walk and run scored. It was the first time Victorino had ever started a game as a cleanup hitter.

Before Monday, he had hit cleanup nine times, but that came as a reserve.

Worley update

After long tossing before Monday's game, righthander Vance Worley was encouraged and says he is hoping to return in the near future. Worley has been on the disabled list retroactively since May 12 with right elbow inflammation.

"Everything has been going really well," Worley said. "I think we are progressing quickly and I am hoping everything stays as good, and I think I should be back pretty soon."

Worley said he didn't know when a bullpen session would be scheduled but adds that he is anxious to take the next step.

Mets info

Mets pitchers entered the game with a 26-inning scoreless streak against the punchless San Diego Padres, but that was snapped by Ty Wigginton's two-run double with two outs in the third inning. . .. When starting shortstop Justin Turner suffered a right ankle sprain, third baseman David Wright moved to short in the fourth inning, only his second career appearance at the position.

Getting confidence

John Mayberry Jr. went 2 for 5 with a towering two-run homer in the sixth inning, and he hopes that he can feed off the performance.

Mayberry had been 1 for 9 with two RBIs on the current road trip. He is now batting .238 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

"I have been feeling better," Mayberry said. "Now it's about putting together a string of consistent at-bats."

Up next

Joe Blanton (4-4, 4.55 ERA) faces righthander Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17) in Tuesday's second of the three-game series. It will be Hefner's first-ever appearance against the Phillies.

Blanton is 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in 10 lifetime games, all starts, against the Mets.


Contact Marc Narducci at 856,779-3225, mnarducci@phillynews.com or @sjnard on Twitter.

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