First, a few newsy items:
Cole Hamels threw in the bullpen earlier this afternoon. According to Ruben Amaro, the team was generally encouraged, but “He felt some soreness a couple of pitches when he dragged his foot….it’s very possible that he would not make his next start.”
That would be Tuesday in St. Louis. If Hamels is skipped, the DL is a small possibility, retroactive to his next start. But Amaro did not sound overly concerned about the pitcher, saying that if Hamels needed only to throw pitches, he’d be good to go. It’s other stuff, like fielding and covering first base, that he might not be ready for.
Also, Carlos Ruiz is back, and Lou Marson departed this morning for triple-A. Had the chance to speak with Marson before he left, and will have a story about that in tomorrow’s paper.
Chase Utley is off today, leading to a weird and wacky lineup. Utley was hit in the foot by a pitch yesterday, and while Amaro said that the second baseman felt some soreness, he did not seem overly concerned.
Manuel said that Rollins is batting fifth because the manager wanted to make sure he had lefty-righty balance in the middle of the order against Oliver Perez.
Now for the lineups: