As expected following Cody Asche coming up lame at first base (video) after a single in the seventh last night, the young third baseman is out of the lineup this afternoon to give his strained hamstring some rest. And as Dom Brown's absence from the starting nine showed over the past few days, the Phillies are currently in no position to rush their young talents back from injury only to play in quasi meaningless games.
But Brown is feeling good enough this afternoon to the point where Ryne Sandberg has penciled him in as the starter in left. He'll bat cleanup.
Sandberg talked earlier in the week about the bench time being a little challenging for Brown:
"He's champing at the bit a little bit," Sandberg said. "He's anxious. That's why he's coming out here to test it and see where he's at. I know that he's anxious."
Ryne will trot out yet another new lineup this afternoon, this one including Kevin Frandsen in the two hole and John McDonald down in the eight spot and playing shortstop.
Can't miss this day game.
It's Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33) taking on right-hander Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96) in a 1:10 start time. Beating the Mets is imperative.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.
The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.
In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.
Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.
Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.
- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.
Updated - 5:55 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”