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PHILADELPHIA -- During the week Kyle Kendrick and Michael Zagurski spent together at Double-A Reading, it's likely the two never had this conversation:
"How cool will it be when we're in Philadelphia together next month?"
"Yeah, that never came up," Zagurski said. "I'll have to call him now. I'm happy for him. That's awesome."
Kendrick and Zagurski spent about a week together at Reading, when Zagurski stopped by during his meteoric rise from Class A Clearwater. They played together in 2006 when Kendrick briefly passed through Class A Lakewood, where Zagurski was pitching.
In '05, they were teammates at short-season Batavia, in the rookie league.
On Wednesday, they'll be teammates at the highest level, when the Phillies purchase Kendrick's contract and start him in the series finale against the White Sox. He'll fill in for Freddy Garcia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Kendrick, a 23-year-old right-hander selected in the seventh round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, was chosen for the assignment over Triple-A candidates Zack Segovia and J.D. Durbin. Kendrick went 4-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 12 starts for Reading, allowing 82 hits in 81 innings and striking out 50. He allowed just 18 walks.
"I've seen him in rookie ball and A-ball," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's got some pretty good stuff. He's got a good breaking ball, and a fastball he'll throw in the low 90s. He's young and he's a good prospect."
If he's anything like Zagurski, the portly southpaw who has challenged hitters, Kendrick may stick with the big club.
Garcia had an MRI on his strained right shoulder that showed "pathology" in the labrum and fraying of the rotator cuff. He's seeking a second opinion, and a plan of care will be determined after that. If Garcia requires surgery, he could miss significant time.
Manuel wouldn't commit to Kendrick beyond Wednesday.
"We'll play it by ear, see how he does," Manuel said. "I like this kid, though. He's got a chance to do a real good job."
Ruiz on the mend:
Catcher Carlos Ruiz said he's still on the mend from getting hit on the left wrist on a follow-up swing from the Mets' Carlos Beltran. He played one of the games in Kansas City, but Manuel rested him on Monday.
"It's getting better," Ruiz said.
Though Ruiz's wrist is swollen and still sore, Manuel said Ruiz can play if he has to, and doesn't think the backstop will wind up on the disabled list.
Roster move pending:
In order to make room for Kendrick, the Phillies will have to clear room on the 40-man roster, something they can accomplish by transferring injured starter Scott Mathieson to the 60-day disabled list, or designating righty Clay Condrey. Condrey is likely to be demoted to make room for Kendrick.
"It was a family over there, just like over here. [When you get traded], your family just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Everybody was real close over there. It always feels like a piece is missing when somebody leaves. Everyone brings their own personality. The funny guy. The serious guy. The snap guy. I think I was a little bit of everything." -- Aaron Rowand, on the White Sox
Righty Brett Myers played catch again on Monday, and plans to throw off a mound on Tuesday. ... Rob Reiner, award-winning director, actor, producer and writer, threw out the first pitch before Monday's game. ... Pat Burrell hit career home run No. 196 in the second inning, passing Bobby Abreu for seventh place on the Phillies' all-time list. ... The Phillies-Mets game on July 1 has reverted to a 1:35 p.m. ET start, and will be televised by CW Philly, as originally scheduled. It had been moved to an 8:05 p.m. start as ESPN's game of the week.
Cole Hamels, who opposes White Sox righty Jose Contreas on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET, was unable to become the National League's first nine-game winner when he allowed a season-high 10 hits in a no-decision against the Mets at Shea Stadium last week. But the Phillies' best starter seemed calm after giving up three consecutive homers in the sixth inning that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, though the Phillies won in 10 innings.
Hamels has pitched well this year, but he has been vulnerable to the home run ball. The three hit by the Mets brought the season total against him to 14 in 90 2/3 innings.