Game Chat: Humid with a Chance of Ice Cream

Game Chat: Humid with a Chance of Ice Cream
September 7, 2012, 1:06 pm
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Good news for ice cream lovers who feared they'd have to wait until 2013 for Carlos Ruiz to return to action as Chooch has been activated from the DL this afternoon and is back in the Phillies dugout. He's not in the starting lineup, however, as he'll likely be eased back into a couple-of-times-per-week type of role, but he is available to pinch hit.

With Chooch returning from the DL, Placido Polanco will replace him there. Polly says he's done for the season with his back issues but does hope to play more baseball in 2013.

Those heading down to the game will be saddened to learn that you will not see Ryan Howard in the lineup tonight. The Big Piece is simply getting a night off. Ty Wigginton will man first base and bat cleanup.

Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52) will face Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73) tonight at the humid Citizens Bank Park. It may be September but it certainly feels like hitting weather to me.

Rec'd Reading: Check out Matt Gelb's piece on Erik Kratz. Fun, heart-warming type stuff.

Some notes from the beats:

Polanco will finish the season on the DL. Said he would like to play next season.

— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 7, 2012

Chooch will be used sparingly according to Ruiz. Pinch-hitting. Maybe catching an inning or two to start. Could start a few games.

— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 7, 2012

And tonight's lineup:

Phillies lineup vs. COL: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown RF, Frandsen 3B, Kratz C, Lee P

— Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_975) September 7, 2012

7:05 start per usual. It's hot out there. Be sure to eat plenty of ice cream.

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