This was supposed to be the big test for the Phillies during a month in which they're kind of just going through the motions waiting for October to come. But as the Phillies kick off their four-game series at Miller Park in Milwaukee where the Brewers have a dominant record, the Fightins' will be without three of their studs.
Chase Utley is not in the lineup as he remains in Philadelphia to be evaluated for concussion symptoms. Jimmy Rollins is not in the lineup but has been activated from the DL and could be used as a pinch-hitter as his groin slowly heals. Ryan Howard is not in the lineup as Charlie Manuel tries to give his hurting' heal a bit of rest.
That said, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee are you scheduled starters over the next three nights, so the Brewers will still have their hands full.
Big John Mayberry will get the start at first base in place of Howard which gives new life to Ben Francisco who has been the forgotten man since Hunter Pence arrived a few weeks ago.
While the Phillies will be without a few of their boppers, the Brew Crew welcomes Jerry Hairston Jr. back into the lineup this evening.
As for Chase Utley, word is he will likely not play this weekend as he has to take an impact test that doesn't take place until a couple of days after the injury is actually sustained.
Tonight's Full Lineup: Victorino, Valdez, Polanco, Pence, Mayberry, Ruiz, Francisco, Martinez, and Hamels.
8:05 start from MKE.