SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins stole second base with a six-run lead in the top of the sixth inning Friday at AT&T Park.
Could that have prompted Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez to drill Shane Victorino in the back with a first-pitch fastball, instigating a benches-clearing brawl?
"I wouldn't have done it," Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran said.
Rollins offered his take Saturday.
"Two things," he said. "Either Charlie [Manuel] stops me, or they don't hold me on. When you're holding the guy on, you're still playing the game. You're not conceding. If you concede the running part of the game, then I'll concede the running part of the game. If you're holding me on, you're saying, 'We're still playing the game the way it's supposed to be played.'
"You've got 12 outs [remaining]. In the seventh inning, obviously I'm not going to run. But in the sixth inning? When we don't want guys to run our bench coach [Pete Mackanin] tells Ryan [Howard] to back up, play behind him or whatever. OK, the running game is off. The running game usually stops after the sixth. or if it's just way out of hand early. Like if it's 7-0 in the second or third inning, you don't run. I understand the gentleman's code, but if you've got 12 outs to work with? I've got the green light. It's on until they take it off or you take it off."
The Phillies don't believe Rollins' stolen base had anything to do with the plunking. They believe Ramirez got upset because the Phillies were hitting him and wanted to send a message.
Madson returns from paternity leave
SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies closer Ryan Madson rejoined the team before Saturday's game against the Giants at AT&T Park.
He had been away since Wednesday for the birth of his child.
To make room for Madson, who had been placed on paternity leave, the Phillies designated right-hander Scott Mathieson for assignment.
"He has options," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Mathieson. "It's a technical issue. Just by virtue of the rule we had to designate him for assignment. If he gets optioned, it'll go back to 40."
Phils option Perez as Oswalt activated
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies optioned left-hander Juan Perez to make room for right-hander Roy Oswalt on the 25-man roster.
Oswalt had been on the disabled list since June because of a back injury. He will pitch in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
Perez went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in eight appearances.
Manuel, Amaro pay visit to injured kid
SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel went to a local hospital to visit the family of Ryan White following Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
An alleged drunken hit-and-run driver hit the nine-year-old following Thursday's game. The driver had been driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
White had been listed in critical condition.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.