Pete Mackanin admonishes Edubray Ramos, hopes Odubel Herrera's bat filps don't cause incident

Pete Mackanin admonishes Edubray Ramos, hopes Odubel Herrera's bat filps don't cause incident

As promised, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin spoke with reliever Edubray Ramos on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the right-hander buzzed a 96-mph fastball over the head of the Mets' Asbrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning of a tie game.

Ramos assured Mackanin that he did not do it intentionally.

"I'll take him at his word," Mackanin said.

Ramos and Cabrera have some history. Back in September, Ramos gave up a three-run, walk-off homer to Cabrera in a 9-8 Phillies' loss in 11 innings in New York. Cabrera celebrated the game-inning poke with a big bat flip. Ramos admitted after Monday night's game that he remembered Cabrera's celebration and did not like it at the time.

But he insisted it had nothing to do with the pitch "that got" away Monday night.

Cabrera got the last laugh Monday night. He ended up drawing a walk and scored when Jay Bruce belted a decisive two-run homer two batters later.

After the game, Mackanin said Ramos had acted "inappropriately, especially in a tie game in the eighth inning."

Ramos is from Venezuela and English is his second language. Mackanin had third-base coach Juan Samuel, a native of the Dominican Republic, sit in on his meeting with Ramos, just to make sure his message was delivered.

The Ramos-Cabrera incident Monday night set up an interesting subplot for Tuesday night's game. Would there be any carryover of bad blood? Mackanin actually held a brief team meeting Tuesday afternoon in which he covered several topics. One of them was reminding his team to play ball.

But one still had to wonder if the Mets would retaliate. After all, this all started with a bat flip that a Phillies pitcher apparently did not like, and the Phillies have a big-time bat flipper on their roster in Odubel Herrera.

Mackanin does not like bat flips and does not believe they have a place in the game. He has spoken to Herrera, but Herrera continues to launch.

"I know there’s a big contingent of people that think it’s fun, let the players enjoy it," Mackanin said. "But if I’m a pitcher on the mound and I’m trying to make a team or stay on a team or not get sent down, I don’t want somebody rubbing it in when a guy hits a home run off me. Fans might like to see it, I guess, but for me it’s just unprofessional.

"Odubel has been spoken to many times. The one thing I will say: I don’t like when players flip the bat on a home run, but how can you be mad at a guy that when he walks he flips the bat? I don’t see why you get mad at that."

Mackanin believes Herrera can one day win a batting title. But you can't win a batting title on the disabled list and there has to be a fear that some pitcher might drill Herrera (and cause an injury) in retaliation for one of his bat flips.

Mackanin was asked if he worries about that.

"We saw it happen last year," Mackanin said. "He was drilled a half dozen times last year. He is who he is and he’s been spoken to about that, and told to be careful about that type of thing. But once again, you can only do so much, if that’s who he is and who he wants to be, then he has to suffer the consequences."

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south -- to some very familiar territory.

Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets' high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators.

"I'm not sure how much of an additional challenge it will be," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday in San Francisco. "Clearly it's a step up. I certainly think he can handle it."

Tebow began his first pro baseball season with Class A Columbia, drawing huge crowds at home and wherever the Fireflies went in the South Atlantic League. He entered his final Fireflies game batting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

"I wouldn't say he has excelled there, but at the same time, what he's done there -- given all the circumstances -- justified the promotion to Port St. Lucie," Alderson said.

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

PHOENIX -- Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick both tested their achy body parts on Sunday.

Eickhoff, on the disabled list with an upper back strain, threw two 15-pitch "innings" in the bullpen and was pleased with the results.

"It felt good, no sense of pulling," he said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Eickhoff's turn in the rotation will come up Wednesday in Seattle. If he can't make the start, Mark Leiter Jr. will. Leiter pitched six shutout innings in his first big-league start on Friday night.

As for Kendrick, who is battling left hamstring tightness, he was not in the starting lineup for a fourth straight game on Sunday. He did run some sprints under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan before the game.

"He still feels it, but he's available to pinch-hit," manager Pete Mackanin said.

Is this getting close to being a situation that would require a trip to the disabled list?

"Hopefully not," Mackanin said. "Hopefully he's better tomorrow. If not, I'm hoping he can at least DH in Seattle (on Tuesday). He's one of our best hitters and I want to get him in there. But I've got to be cautious."

Kendrick already spent six weeks on the disabled list with an abdominal injury earlier this season. He's played well when healthy, hitting .355 (43 for 121) with a .414 on-base percentage in 31 games.

The Phillies need to be certain that Kendrick is healthy when they turn him loose because he could hold some trade value in the month of July and a full-blown injury would hurt that.