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Schierholtz back in Phillies lineup

Nate Schierholtz, sidelined for most of August with a toe injury, makes his first start since return.

Schierholtz back in Phillies lineup

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Charlie Manuel's outfield carousel continued on Tuesday in Cincinnati with the way it began five weeks earlier, following the trades of Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

In the second of three games in Cincy, it's John Mayberry Jr. in center, Domonic Brown in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. It's the trio that started seven of the nine games following the July 31 trades.

But there has hardly been a set outfield since Victorino and Pence departed.

In fact, in the 32 games the Phils have played since the two All-Star outfielders were traded, Charlie Manuel has trotted out 13 different outfield combinations.

Eight different players started in the outfield over that span: Brown, Mayberry, Schierholtz, Juan Pierre, Laynce Nix, Michael Martinez, Ty Wigginton and Hector Luna.

The most popular combination? Both tonight's trio (Brown in left, Mayberry in center and Schierholtz in right) and the threesome of Mayberry, Brown and Pierre (with Brown in right) have started seven times together.

Manuel has used four different center fielders, five different right fielders and five different left fielders.

Injuries to Brown (knee) and Schierholtz (toe) cost the Phils any chance at having a stable outfield in the wake of the trade deadline deals.

Schierholtz start is his first since Aug. 11. The 28-year-old Schierholtz is hitting .206 with two extra base hits (including a home run in his first game) in 13 games since joining the Phillies in the Pence trade.

 

PHILLIES

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Kevin Frandsen, 3B

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. John Mayberry Jr., CF

6. Domonic Brown, LF

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Erik Kratz, C

9. Kyle Kendrick, P

Ryan Lawrence Daily News Staff Writer
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