"He's come a long way this year," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We'll see if he's one of the guys. He's had a fine year. It's good to hear."
Two infielders, Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez, are sure to earn promotions. Both spent time in the majors earlier this season. Hernandez has played center and right field for the IronPigs as the Phillies attempt to create a utility player.
Galvis could spell both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley down the stretch. Barring an offensive renaissance, his future role is unclear. Galvis hit just .251 with a .641 OPS in 56 games with the IronPigs.
Spare parts such as Michael Martinez and Steve Susdorf could return. Both have succeeded in the minors. Tyson Gillies, an outfielder on the 40-man roster, was placed on Lehigh Valley's disabled list Wednesday with right hamstring tightness.
Phillippe Aumont has failed to throw strikes in the minors since his demotion in early July. He has struck out 26 and walked 20 in 221/3 innings. Lefthander Mauricio Robles, a waiver acquisition from Seattle last winter, has a 1.46 ERA. He, too, lacks command. He has walked 30 in 37 innings. Still, with so much uncertainty in the bullpen, those two could receive looks.
The organization's top prospect, Maikel Franco, will not be considered. He will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic.
The Phillies were shut out Tuesday for the 13th time in 2013, their most since 1989 (16 shutouts). Only Miami has been blanked more times (15) than the Phillies this season. . . . Lefthander Joe Savery was activated from the disabled list and optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley.