Game 52: Brignac starts at third base

Reid Brignac. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

With Cesar Hernandez slumping, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has decided to start Reid Brignac at third base in tonight's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

It’s the first start of the season for Brignac, who has made just six plate appearances since being called up from Lehigh Valley on May 9.

Hernandez is batting .146 (6 for 41).

A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51 ERA) takes the mound for the Philies, looking to regain his early-season form.

In the last four games, Burnett is 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA. He has struck out 18 and walked 12 in 23 innings and opponents have a .944 OPS against him.

The Mets will start RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96).

Here is the Phillies lineup.

1. Ben Revere, cf

2. Jimmy Rollins, ss

3. Chase Utley, 2b

4. Ryan Howard, 1b

5. Marlon Byrd, rf

6. Carlos Ruiz, c

7. Domonic Brown, lf

8. Reid Brignac, 3b

9. A.J. Burnett, P