SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies named third baseman Carlos Rivero and right-hander Michael Schwimer their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month.Rivero, who was claimed off waivers in November, hit .373 with Double-A Reading. He has since been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Schwimer went 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA in 11 appearances with the IronPigs in July. He allowed just two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings and struck out 21, converting all four of his save opportunities. "I like Rivero," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's got good hands. He's got a good arm. He hasn't learned how to drive the ball yet, but he's still learning. He's advancing. I'm curious to see how he handles Triple-A." Amaro said Schwimer is having a good year, but wants to see more from him. "We have to assess how they're getting people out," Amaro said.
Phils need to make room for Oswalt
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies need to make a roster move before Sunday, when they activate right-hander Roy Oswalt from the disabled list.Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he isn't sure if the team will continue to carry 11 pitchers, although manager Charlie Manuel has said recently he prefers 12. If they return to carrying 12, it will be interesting to see what they do.
John Mayberry Jr. seems to have moved past Ben Francisco on the depth chart. Both Mayberry and Francisco have an option remaining. Manuel has said the Phillies need two reserve infielders because of health issues surrounding Placido Polanco and Chase Utley, which means Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez are likely to stick around.Amaro was quick to mention a slew of players with options, although most of them do not seem to make as much sense -- unless the Phillies continue to carry 11 pitchers and option left-hander Juan Perez or right-hander David Herndon.
Phillies' thoughts with injured young fan
SAN FRANCISCO -- An alleged drunken hit-and-run driver struck a 9-year-old Phillies fan following Thursday's game at AT&T Park.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Ryan White, who lives with his family in Yardley, Pa., is in critical condition. White and his family were in California on vacation, timing their trip to coincide with this week's series between the Phillies and Giants. He was hit just blocks away from the ballpark. "Hoping for the best," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said from his Twitter account (@jimmyrollins11). "Our prayers are with u." The Phillies and Giants autographed memorabilia, which they sent to the hospital. Before Friday's game the Giants asked fans to keep White in their thoughts. The suspected driver, Andrew Vargas, allegedly struck White while driving the wrong way down a one-way street. The truck hit several cars before speeding away, according to police. He was arrested a few hours later.
Howard gets a breather
SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel called Ryan Howard into his office following Thursday's 3-0 victory over San Francisco to tell him that he planned to give him Friday off.Manuel said with day games Saturday and Sunday he wanted to give Howard a break. It also made sense with Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on the mound. Howard is hitting .235 with one home run and 18 RBIs against left-handers this season. Howard is expected back in the lineup Saturday.
Contreras makes progress
SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras, who is on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, made 50 throws Friday. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Contreras looked and felt good.It is unclear when or if Contreras will pitch again this season.
Interesting trivia from Lee's shutout
SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee threw his fifth shutout of the season in Thursday's 3-0 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.Here are some shutout facts from Thursday: It was the Phillies' 15th shutout of the season. The last time the Phillies had 15 shutouts through 111 games was 1951. The Phillies' 15 shutouts tie five teams for the second-most in the big leagues through 111 games over the past 20 seasons: 1992 Pirates, 2002 Red Sox, 2007 Padres, 2009 Giants and 2010 Mets. Only the 1992 Braves (19 shutouts) had more. Lee and Roy Halladay each have 10 shutouts since the beginning of the 2008 season, which leads baseball. Steve Carlton is the only Phillies pitcher in the live-ball era to have more than five shutouts through 111 games. He had seven in 1972. Lee's five shutouts through 111 games tie him with Robin Roberts (1951 and '53), Curt Simmons ('52), Karl Dews ('52), Chris Short ('65) and Woodie Fryman ('68) for second since '20. Lee's five shutouts through 111 games are the most in the big leagues since 1992, when David Cone and Tom Glavine each had five.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.