WASHINGTON -- After Saturday’s 11-0 loss to the Washington Nationals, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Marlon Byrd has been battling a bruised foot.
“He has had it for four-to-five days now,” Sandberg said. “Pretty much the whole road trip he has been battling with it.”
To Byrd’s credit, he has continued to hustle, running hard to first on routine ground balls. And in the third inning he made an outstanding running catch near the right field wall on a fly ball from winning pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Bryd also had two of the Phillies seven hits. And of course in Friday’s 2-1 win, he broke the 1-1 deadlock with a sixth inning home run.
It was a strange game for Byrd, who struck out three times but also hit his 21st home run.
Byrd, who turns 37 on Aug. 30 has shown remarkable durability. He has appeared in a 109 of the Phillies 111 games, and leads the team in that category.
Last year he appeared in 147 games and his career-high is 152 in 2010 for the Chicago Cub.
With Domonic Brown having a bout with strep throat, and Ben Revere continuing to play despite having discomfort in his ankle, the outfield has its shares of bumps and bruises.