Phillies Notes: Michael Young, Papelbon

Phillies Notes: Michael Young, Papelbon

June 3, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Fresh off the bereavement list where he tended to a health issue regarding his nine-month old son (see story), Michael Young was not in the lineup for Monday night’s game against the Miami Marlins.

But don’t expect Young to be on the bench for too long.

“He’s going to work out. He’s going to hit today, take ground balls, things like that,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He can pinch-hit. He can go in the game, probably tomorrow stick him back in the lineup.”

With Young back, Michael Martinez was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley, the Phillies announced Monday. That’s not much of a surprise since Martinez was hitting just .239 for Lehigh Valley and got into three games for the Phillies. However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Martinez was brought up to replace the injured Chase Utley because of his defensive versatility.

With the choice between Martinez and Cesar Hernandez, Manuel and the Phillies went with the younger Hernandez. The reason? Hernandez, simply, is the better player.

“He runs faster. Both of them are switch-hitters,” Manuel said. “Hernandez is a guy in Lehigh Valley who’s been hitting .300. He’s the one having a consistent season. That’s kind of what it’s about.”

With Hernandez sticking with the big-league club, the Phillies suddenly no longer need the versatility Martinez brought. However, what will be an issue for Manuel will be finding playing time for Hernandez and Freddy Galvis. Though both players are starting in Monday’s game — Galvis at third base and Hernandez at second base — there won’t be as many chances for both players to be in there.

Though Galvis is further along in his development and is a better fielder, Hernandez could be the better hitter. To determine how good Hernandez can be, though, Manuel wants to take a longer look.

“He’s a good looking player. I like the way he runs. I like his actions. Things like that.” Manuel said. “But it’s too early to assess him. You can go up and down quick.”

In five games in the big leagues, Hernandez is 5 for 19 with a double. He hasn’t walked, but makes contact, striking out just once. Galvis is batting .238 (25 for 105) in 37 games with four homers, 10 RBIs and 24 strikeouts.

Papelbon available?
With closer Jonathan Papelbon out with an illness and set-up man Mike Adams needing a day off, Manuel had Antonio Bastardo close out Sunday afternoon’s victory over the Brewers.

Though it wasn’t pretty, it ended well.

Nevertheless, Manuel isn’t sure if Papelbon will be ready for Monday’s game, saying the closer looked a little pale when he showed up at the ballpark.

“He didn’t look real good,” Manuel said.

If he needs a closer for the game against the Marlins, Manuel says Adams will get the call if Papelbon can’t go.

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