WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Tyson Brummett received a relatively random phone call on Saturday from Minor League pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller.
Heimueller casually asked Brummett how things were going in Salt Lake City, where he had been throwing bullpen sessions in preparation for winter ball in Venezuela. Brummett told Heimueller that things had gone well, so the two hung up and Brummett thought nothing more about it.
But then Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, called Brummett on Sunday morning. But Jordan had first called Brummett's parents, then rang Brummett's cellphone before leaving him a text message to call as soon as possible.
"OK, something is up," Brummett recalled thinking on Monday afternoon in the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park. "I'm getting released, traded. Something big is going down."
It was big, but better. Because Tyler Cloyd has soreness in his right forearm and will not pitch on Tuesday, the Phillies need an extra arm to get them through the season's final three games, so Jordan called Brummett to see if he wanted to help.
"Aboslutely," he said.
Brummett now realizes that Heimueller had called to gauge what kind of shape he was in. Fortunately, he gave himself a good scouting report after throwing bullpens the last couple of weeks with the University of Utah Utes.
"I'm here to eat up a few innings, I guess," Brummett said.
Brummett went 4-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 34 games (seven starts) this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Injured calf keeps Rollins out of lineup
WASHINGTON -- Jimmy Rollins wasn't in Monday's lineup against the Nationals because of an injury to his right calf, and it's unclear if he will play again this season.
"It's hard enough to play any day, to be honest," Rollins said. "Regardless, I texted [Scott Sheridan, head athletic trainer] last night at 12:30. I knew I had to do it, just wanted to let him know I was coming in to get it looked at. And we go from there, really.
"Even if we were playoff-bound, it was something where I'd have to send him a text, probably with more urgency. So if I get a day off here, or take two and see what's it's like on the third day, then let's do that. ... It's precautionary at the moment."
Experiment with Utley at third officially over
WASHINGTON -- The Chase Utley third-base experiment is over.
"For now, yeah," Utley said before Monday's game against the Nationals at Nationals Park.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel spoke at length on Friday about why they thought the move from second to third was not feasible with just six games remaining in the season. Utley gave his opinion on Monday as to why it wouldn't work.
"I don't know if that's the right terminology," he said. "I think as Ruben and I talked, playing six games there, he didn't think that it'd be that beneficial. And I agreed with him."
Asked if he would try to work out at third base in the offseason, Utley said that practice in a controlled environment is nothing compared with real-life game situations, which is what he needs.
"So at this point I'm still a second baseman," he said.
Could he try again in Spring Training?
"Hopefully, I'll be healthy in Spring Training," he said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.