Tonight's Lineup: Utley out again with the flu

Tonight's Lineup: Utley out again with the flu
April 9, 2014, 3:00 pm
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For the second straight game, Chase Utley will not be in the Phillies’ lineup because of the flu. Cesar Hernandez will play second base and bat seventh in the order.

Unlike Tuesday's game, Utley is available to pinch-hit on Wednesday, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.

Carlos Ruiz will again hit in Utley’s regular No. 3 spot. According to Sandberg, the reason for using Ruiz in the middle of the order is because of his versatility. Ruiz can hit anywhere in the lineup and it won’t bother him, Sandberg said. Better yet, with Ruiz in the three-spot, Sandberg can keep the other players in their regular spots.

Meanwhile, Sandberg has Jayson Nix slotted in the eight-hole and playing third base, the spot usually held by Cody Asche. Perhaps the reason for this is because with Utley out, the Phillies had only one lefty on the bench to pinch-hit in Tuesday’s game.

Additionally, Asche made a throwing error at third base in Tuesday's game -- his first of the season -- during the Brewers' four-run third inning. Asche seemed to have difficulty getting the ball from his glove on his throws and spent some time before Wednesday's batting practice taking infield with coach Larry Bowa and Sandberg.

During the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game, Sandberg used righty John Mayberry Jr. as a pinch hitter against righty pitcher Kyle Lohse. He couldn’t use Tony Gwynn Jr. because then he wouldn’t have any lefties at all.

Here’s a look at the Phillies lineup …

1. Ben Revere, cf
2. Jimmy Rollins, ss
3. Carlos Ruiz, c
4. Ryan Howard, 1b
5. Marlon Byrd, rf
6. Dom Brown, lf
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2b
8. Jayson Nix, 3b
9. Roberto Hernandez, p

The Brewers will send right-hander Matt Garza (0-1, 1.13) to the mound. Garza is 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in five starts against the Phils. However, Garza has not faced the Phillies since 2012.

Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) will make his second start with the Phillies. He has faced the Brewers just once, pitching one inning in relief during his rookie season with Cleveland. Plus, Hernandez went by the name Fausto Carmona.

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