Phillies Notebook: Revere placed on disabled list

Posted: July 16, 2013

THIS WAS EXACTLY what the Phillies did not need right now.

In the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, centerfielder Ben Revere fouled a ball off of his right foot in the bottom of the 11th inning before grounding out into a game-ending doubleplay. The Phillies dropped the day game, 5-4, before defeating the White Sox, 2-1, in the 13th inning of the nightcap.

"He told me that his foot was kind of sore and he thought he had a bruise, like a bone bruise or something because he fouled the ball down on it and he had twisted his foot, too, but he said it was bothering him so I said I'll give you a break and put [John] Mayberry in center," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said yesterday.

Revere was diagnosed with a fractured ankle, a devastating blow to a team that had won seven of 10 games before the injury to the leadoff man. Revere was batting .304 with 17 RBI, 37 runs, 22 stolen bases and owned a .338 OBP.

"I was kind of shocked and I kind of thought that there was no way [it was broke] because he was walking around on it normally, and he seemed like he was going to be OK," Manuel said.

Revere is hitting .344/.371/.406 in his last 59 games, and had solidified his role as the team's leadoff man.

Revere was added to the 15-day disabled list before yesterday's game and was told he may miss 6-to-8 weeks. He will have a better idea how much time he will miss after being evaluated by a specialist today.

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from the DL upon the news of Revere's injury. Kratz is returning after recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Revere joins first baseman Ryan Howard, who was placed on the DL with left knee inflammation on July 6. Howard was replaced by Darin Ruf, who has put up impressive numbers.

Mayberry has filled in for Revere for two games. He hit a game-tying solo homer in Saturday's nightcap and had a game-winning single in yesterday's 4-3, 10th-inning win over the White Sox in the series finale.

"My parents always said that I am a fast healer and hopefully this one won't take as long," Revere said. "I'm going to be behind my teammates and we're going to be in this race so by the time I get back we are going to make a playoff run."

Sellers?

With the injuries to Ryan Howard and Ben Revere - and a 48-48 record at the All-Star break - the Phillies may be more inclined to be sellers than buyers as the July 31 trade deadline nears.

Second baseman Chase Utley, third baseman Michael Young, catcher Carlos Ruiz and pitchers Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon are among the names most often discussed.

It seems the Phillies' biggest need is bullpen help, but without Revere in the everyday lineup, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. may be looking for a bat. In three seasons from 2009-2011, Amaro acquired Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence, each on July 29. Last season, the Phillies GM shipped Pence and Shane Victorino to the National League West for bullpen help and prospects.

Food drive

The Phillies will hold the Phanatic Food Drive today to help feed hungry Philadelphia families.

The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Comcast Center at 17th and JFK, will feature appearances by the Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls.

Fans are invited to show their support in numerous ways, including bringing nonperishable food items for collection, buying a Phans Feeding Families pin or making a donation. Each $5 Phans Feeding Families commemorative pin provides seven meals for families in need. They also may be purchased at the Majestic Clubhouse Store and NewsStands at Citizens Bank Park and online.

Fans are also invited to attend the upcoming Phans Feeding Families "Party with a Purpose" at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 17. The event features pregame appearances by Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, broadcaster Tom McCarthy, the Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls.

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