Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan spoke minutes ago about Pat Burrell's strained lower back, which could keep him from Game 1 of the NLDS.
Sheridan said Burrell "felt significantly better after batting practice yesterday. ... Obviously, this morning we got here at 8 and started working on him. He feels pretty good. We're going to progress him along after batting practice and see how he feels and go from there." Manuel has two different lineups, in case Burrell can't play. Matt Stairs will start in right field with Jayson Werth moving to left field, if Burrell can't go.
Sheridan said running or fielding isn't an issue for Burrell. Hitting is. They want to be careful because Burrell could make the back worse. Manuel mentioned that it probably is more important that Burrell be ready to face lefthander CC Sabathia tomorrow than righthander Yovani Gallardo today.