MIAMI -- Expect the Phillies to align the Big Three to face the Atlanta Braves next week at Citizens Bank Park.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Monday there is a "good chance" Roy Oswalt will pitch Friday against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, which would allow Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Oswalt to face the Braves next week.
It only would take a simple switch to make it happen.
Kyle Kendrick, who currently is scheduled to pitch Friday, would pitch Saturday. Oswalt, who is scheduled to pitch Saturday, would pitch Friday. Oswalt still would be pitching on normal rest, so there is little risk involved.
"As long as [Oswalt] is feeling fine, there's a real good chance," Dubee said. "I don't think there's any downside to pitching Oswalt, Hamels and Halladay. They are our front three starters. I would think if you have two series with the Braves, you'd want the best guys available, if possible."
The switch also would allow Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt to pitch against the Braves from Oct. 1-3 at Turner Field, if necessary. The Phillies entered Monday's game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium with a one-game lead over the Braves in the National League East.
Oswalt is 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies, who acquired him on July 29. He has the fourth-best ERA in the league over that span. Over that same time period, Hamels is 3-3 with a 2.09 ERA, which ranks fifth in the league, and Halladay is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA, which ranks 21st.
Rollins has a mild strain of right hamstring
MIAMI -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had an MRI exam Monday in Philadelphia, which revealed he has a mildly strained right hamstring.
He remains day to day.
Rollins will fly to Florida on Monday night and rejoin the team in time for Tuesday's game against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Rollins would be available to pinch-hit, but probably only from the left side of the plate, because his injured right hamstring is his push-off leg from the right side.
Rollins left last Wednesday's game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park after limping around the bases. The Phillies said Rollins had tightness in the leg, which might have occurred because of dehydration.
Rollins has hit .245 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 82 games this season. He has a .324 on-base percentage and a .372 slugging percentage. Wilson Valdez, who has played in Rollins' place, has hit .244 with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers and 29 RBIs in 94 games. He has a .282 on-base percentage and a .346 slugging percentage.
"He's been outstanding," Manuel said of Valdez. "If you go back and look at all the days the second baseman [Chase Utley], third baseman [Placido Polanco] and shortstop have missed, he's played most of that time. He's been absolutely tremendous. I don't know if anybody else could have done what he's done."
Howard makes cameo on HBO's 'Entourage'
MIAMI -- Ryan Howard shot down Turtle in the season finale of "Entourage" on Sunday.
Howard made a cameo in the popular HBO show. Jerry Ferrara's character, Turtle, called Howard to try to get him to invest in a tequila company, pointing out Howard had just signed a $125 million contract extension.
Howard quickly pointed out that Turtle mocked him during the 2009 World Series.
Howard, who appeared in the scene with his twin brother, Corey, said the shoot took a couple of hours. Somebody asked if they shot the scene -- filmed at his home with his pool in the background -- at Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler's place.
"We should have had Wheels on a raft in the pool," Howard joked.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.