That whole "can't move his arm, having an MRI Tuesday morning" thing -- apparently a non-issue.
Hunter Pence injured his right shoulder diving for a ball on Sunday versus the Padres, forcing him to miss Monday night's series opener in Arizona. Fortunately, Pence is a "quick healer" and he'll be back in right field tonight when the Phillies take on the Diamondbacks in the second leg of a three-game set at 9:40 p.m.
Two Phillies who will not be in the lineup, Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry, Jr. have been given their first nights off after playing all of the team's 17 games thus far this season (Galvis has started all 17, while Mayberry has either started or brought off the bench in each).
Filling in for Mayberry, Juan Pierre starts in left and Laynce Nix at first, while Pete Orr holds down the fort at second base. Brian Schneider will also be in action behind the plate, subbing for Carlos Ruiz.
On the mound, Vance Worley is making his fourth start of the year, coming off seven scoreless innings of 11-strikeout baseball against the Padres last week. Worley has a nine-inning scoreless streak dating back to his turn against the Mets on April 14. Thus far this year, he's 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.
Standing opposed, Josh Collmenter is off to a rough start for Arizona. He's 0-1 in three starts with a whopping 10.22 ERA. Though he's beginning to "trend" in the right direction, his improvement has been marginal -- at best. His best start came in his last appearance for the D-Backs on April 19, when he gave up four earned runs, six hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He had gone only three and four innings in his two prior starts, giving up five earned in each.
Return to Form?
A loss tonight would mark the Phillies' first four-game losing streak in the month of April since 2006.
Though the club set a franchise record for wins in the first month of the season with 18 last season, they've traditionally been somewhat slow starters under Charlie Manuel, a fact that shouldn't be surprising when one remembers all those painful, late-season "if they'd only played a little better in April" conversations. At 7-10 with six games remaining, they'll have to win their next six in a row to become only the third Phillies team in Manuel's eight years as a manager to finish with a record three-or-more games above the .500 mark.
Charlie's 4/19 lineup
1. Pierre LF
2. Orr 2B
3. Rollins SS
4. Pence RF
5. Victorino CF
6. Wigginton 3B
7. Nix 1B
8. Schneider C
9. Worley P
We'll see you postgame.