During his major-league career, Schierholtz has appeared in 399 games as a rightfielder and eight as a leftfielder.
"I've always said if you can play one position in the outfield you can play all three," Schierholtz said before Friday night's game.
We will see.
Schierholtz was a shortstop in high school and was moved to the outfield in rookie ball.
Last week, manager Charlie Manuel asked him to take some fly balls in center, and Schierholtz was more than willing.
"It's another chance to show versatility," he said.
Schierholtz is among many players auditioning in these final two months of the season.
"He plays a strong right field and I wanted to see if he could play [in center]," Manuel said.
In addition, Domonic Brown, who has played left field in his previous eight starts since being called up from Lehigh Valley, was a starter Friday in right.
"He may play center as well," Manuel said.
Adjusting to new team
Like Schierholtz, righthander Josh Lindblom was dealt to the Phillies at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 25-year-old reliever came from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Shane Victorino.
In his first four appearances with the Phillies, he had a 10.13 ERA in just 22/3 innings.
"I hit a couple of bumps early and haven't thrown as well as I wanted to," Lindblom said. "I am still making adjustments, getting used to this ballpark, and it's just a matter of being comfortable."
Even though he went from a pitcher's park in Los Angeles to a hitter's haven at Citizens Bank Park, Lindblom said that is no excuse.
"As a pitcher, if you make your pitches and keep the ball down, your chances are pretty good," he said.
Lindblom said that before the trade he had heard his name in the rumor mill but was still surprised when it happened. He still subscribes to the theory that to be traded, you have to be wanted by another team.
"The highest form of flattery is for people in your profession to want you," he said. "I am excited to be here and excited to be with this team."
Kendrick in the rotation
Manuel indicated that righthander Kyle Kendrick is likely to remain a starter, despite two subpar starts since rejoining the rotation after last week's trade of Joe Blanton.
In two starts covering 71/3 innings, Kendrick has allowed eight earned runs while walking three and striking out three.
"I think there is probably a good chance he will stay there for right now," Manuel said.
Third baseman Placido Polanco, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 23 with lower-back inflammation, is taking ground balls, with the team feeding him the grounders, Manuel said.
"He will keep doing work, and he will go on the road trip to Miami and see how he progresses," Manuel said.
The Phillies open a three-game series in Miami on Monday.
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