05/15/10 4:51 PM ET
Ruiz out, but available in emergency
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz might need a few days before he is ready to play on an everyday basis.
Phillies catcher Brian Schneider, who the team placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left Achilles, said he feels much better. He is running and catching. It seems he could rejoin the team when he is eligible to be activated on May 24.
Burrell unlikely to rejoin Phillies
MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies cut loose Pat Burrell following 2008, figuring they had gotten the best of him.
They might have been right.
The Tampa Bay Rays, who signed Burrell to a two-year, $16 million contract before the 2009 season, designated him for assignment Saturday to make room for Hank Blalock on their 25-man roster. Burrell had hit just .202 with two home runs and 13 RBIs this season. The Rays have 10 days to dispose of Burrell's contract. They can trade him, release or send him through waivers.
Asked if the Phillies have any interest in bringing back Burrell, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "It's unfortunate for him. I wish it would have worked out better there."
Amaro cannot address any interest in Burrell because he remains with the Rays, but it seems there is no place for him on the 25-man roster.
Burrell has hit just .218 with 16 home runs and 77 RBIs in 496 at-bats the since he left the Phillies. He has just a .311 on-base percentage and a .361 slugging percentage. Out of the 213 players that qualify for on-base-plus-slugging percentage the past two seasons, Burrell's .617 OPS is 198th. It is difficult seeing how Burrell would fit on the Phillies' bench, especially with Ben Francisco and Ross Gload occupying those spots. Burrell cannot run well and has played just two games in the outfield since he left the Phillies. He also is a career .227 pinch-hitter.
A National League team's fourth and fifth outfielders require versatility. Francisco and Gload are much more versatile than Burrell because they can play multiple positions. Matt Stairs fit Burrell's mold last season, but he also was an accomplished pinch-hitter.
"I think Burrell can still hit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think he'll get a job. I hope he does."
Happ plays catch, eyes bullpen session
MILWAUKEE -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ, who is on the DL with a left forearm injury, played catch again Saturday at Miller Park. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said it went well.
"He's had about five good days," Dubee said.
Dubee said they are hopeful Happ can throw a bullpen session next week.
Ibanez homers in 30th career ballpark
MILWAUKEE -- Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning Friday in a 9-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. It was the 30th ballpark Ibanez had homered in during his career.
The veteran is one of 34 active players to have homered in 30 ballparks, and the only current Phillies player to have accomplished the feat.
Ibanez has homered everywhere except PNC Park (Pittsburgh), Turner Field (Atlanta), AT&T Park (San Francisco), Busch Stadium (St. Louis) and Target Field (Minnesota), where he has not played.
Former Phillies on the list are Jim Thome (38 ballparks), Matt Stairs (35), Bobby Abreu (32), Pat Burrell (32) and Scott Rolen (32).
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.