Phillies injury report: Ruiz needs more time

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Phillies injury report: Ruiz needs more time

MIAMI – Several injury updates on the Phillies:

• Cliff Lee (elbow strain) pushed his pitch count to 60 in a simulated game Tuesday. If he checks out fine on Wednesday, he will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday (see story).

• Carlos Ruiz went on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday and could be there for a while longer than anticipated.

Ruiz is not improving as quickly as hoped.

“Carlos' condition is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought, unfortunately,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He's had concussion issues in the past, so we have to be careful with him."

Ruiz was hit in the head by a pitch Thursday.

• Outfielder Darin Ruf’s fractured wrist has healed. He is taking at-bats in Florida with the Gulf Coast League team as he looks to resume playing in the second half of the season.

• Infielder Freddy Galvis is making speedy progress coming back from a broken collarbone.

“Freddy is coming along really well,” Amaro said. “He's taking grounders and should take some swings soon. We should be able to get him in games the next 10 to 12 days. Freddy is going to play very soon."

• Pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is on the temporary inactive list as he tries to clear his mind of the some of the frustration that has come about during a difficult season at Double A.

Biddle is working out in Clearwater. Amaro said the 22-year-old lefty will spend some time with Roy Halladay in the coming days. Halladay overcame rocky times early in his career and went on to win two Cy Young awards.

• Though healthy, recently signed outfielder Grady Sizemore gets a mention here. He is playing at Triple A Lehigh Valley. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Sizemore could be with the big club by the time this trip ends in 10 days in Milwaukee.

“He had 10 days off,” Amaro said. “He's swinging the bat OK and moving around well defensively. He just has to play some games."

Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

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Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

After Monday night's rain-soaked blowout loss, the Phillies' bullpen seems to be a bit depleted.

With that in mind, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Jake Thompson from Triple A and optioned reliever Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley.

After a lengthy rain delay cut short Vince Velasquez's start, the Phils' bullpen was charged with six innings of work in the 13-4 loss. Pinto, responsible for five of the runs, tossed 1 1/3 innings as play resumed in the fourth inning. 

He may not be down for long, though, as the Phils have an off day Thursday to recover.

Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up. He's struggled mightily this year in Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old who came over in the Cole Hamels trade, is 4-11 with a 5.36 ERA. He's given up 107 hits in 94 innings pitched, as well as 36 walks on the year — one less than he gave up in 129 2/3 innings in 2016.

However, Thompson is already on the 40-man roster and has not pitched since going seven strong innings of two-run ball on July 20. 

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

With less than a week to go before the trade deadline, the Phillies are putting Howie Kendrick in prime position to show off his skillset to a contender.

After sitting out last night's 14-3 loss, Kendrick returns to the lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field. In four games since returning from a hamstring injury, Kendrick has picked up where he left off, hitting .364 with two RBIs. Overall, Kendrick has appeared in just 37 games for the Phillies in 2017, but has been exceptional when healthy. 

Although he may not hit for power, his .350 batting average and ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield should be enough to interest teams. 

Cesar Hernandez will again lead off vs. the Astros. Much like Kendrick, Hernandez has had a strong return from the DL, hitting .321 with six RBIs in seven games since the All-Star break. He's also worked five walks compared to just three strikeouts. It's no surprise Hernandez's return has coincided with the Phillies' recent hot offensive stretch (see Game Notes)

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies have the seventh-most runs scored in all of baseball. Monday's loss ended a stretch of seven straight games of five or more runs scored for the Phillies — their longest single-season stretch since 2005.

Nick Williams will hit in the three-hole for the second straight game. Williams has sparked the Phils' stagnant offense since his arrival to the big leagues. In 20 MLB games, Williams is slashing .315/.350/.966 with four homers and 18 RBIs. 

Here is the Phillies lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Howie Kendrick, LF
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Nick Pivetta, P

And for the Astros:
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Josh Reddick, RF
3. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
4. Evan Gattis, C
5. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
6. Derek Fisher, CF
7. Alex Bregman, 3B
8. Norichika Aoki, LF
9. Charlie Morton, P