Tonight's Lineup: Aaron Altherr (hamstring) to sit out vs. Brewers

Tonight's Lineup: Aaron Altherr (hamstring) to sit out vs. Brewers

After leaving Friday night's loss to the Brewers with a hamstring strain, outfielder Aaron Altherr will not be in the Phillies' lineup Saturday night (NBC10/CSNPhilly.com).

Altherr has been one of the few bright spots for the team this season. The 24-year-old has hit .288 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 79 games. Daniel Nava will start in left and lead off. A prime trade candidate, Nava is just 1 for his last 10.

Odubel Herrera has finally escaped from the seventh spot in the lineup. Herrera belted a two-run homer on Friday. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk. He'll bat fifth and get the start in center.

Cameron Rupp will return behind the plate and Ty Kelly will be back out at second base. Rupp is having a disappointing season but does have 8 hits in his last 22 at-bats. Kelly, platooning with Andres Blanco while Cesar Hernandez remains out, is hitless in his last nine at-bats.

Here is the rest of the Phillies' lineup:
1. Daniel Nava, LF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Nick Williams, RF
8. Ty Kelly, 2B
9. Aaron Nola, P 

And here's how the Brewers will line up against Aaron Nola:
1. Jonathan Villar, 2B
2. Eric Thames, 1B
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Hernan Perez, RF
6. Stephen Vogt, C
7. Orlando Arcia, SS
8. Brett Phillips, CF
9. Jimmy Nelson, P

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

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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