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.
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.