Frandsen slowed by stress fracture

Phillies third baseman Kevin Frandsen has a stress fracture, but can play through the pain. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)

The most successful big-league stint of Kevin Frandsen’s career has hit a snag.

Frandsen, hitting .336 in 34 games since joining the Phillies in late July, did not start for the third straight game Saturday night and the Phillies said an MRI examination revealed that the third baseman has a stress fracture in his left fibula.

“He’s had three days off and we’ll probably give him the rest of this series off unless we need him,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said before the Phillies game against the Colorado Rockies. “It’s about his tolerance right now.”

Proefrock indicated that Frandsen was still available in a pinch-hitting role, but manager Charlie Manuel seemed more concerned.

"He's out, he's hurt," Manuel said. "We’ll know more about it in two or three days, but, yeah, he’s hurt right now."

Asked if it was serious, Manuel said, "Yeah, it can be. I think he's resting it for a few days and the doctors will look at him and tell me more about him."

Michael Martinez made his third straight start in place of Frandsen at third base.

Proefrock also said that reliever Raul Valdes will have surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee Monday. The surgery will likely end Valdes’ season. Based on his 3-2 record and 2.90 ERA in 27 appearances at the big-league level this season, Valdes, 34, should show up in spring training with a legitimate chance to make the opening-day roster.