06/15/10 8:30 PM ET
Phils swap Kendrick, Moyer in rotation
Lefty to face Burnett on Wednesday; righty to start Thursday
By Zach Schonbrun and Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Moyer will pitch on Wednesday against right-hander A.J. Burnett, and Kendrick will pitch on Thursday against left-hander Andy Pettitte.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said the coaching staff made the switch for two reasons -- first, it likes Moyer following right-hander Roy Halladay, who started on Tuesday. Second, the club wanted to give Kendrick an extra day of rest after he pitched in relief on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
-- Todd Zolecki
Happ's progress slow but steady
NEW YORK -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ threw a 40-pitch bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, two days after making his second rehab start for Double-A Reading.
Happ, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 16 with a strained left forearm, allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings on Sunday but said he felt fine and was optimistic about his progress.
"I didn't throw that well, but I felt pretty good," Happ said. "I wasn't concerned about my elbow when I was out there, and that was good."
Happ will make his next rehab appearance on Friday, likely for Double-A Reading. He threw 57 pitches on Sunday and said he will probably throw about 75 in his next outing. The lefty's velocity ranged between 86-89 mph on Sunday in Clearwater, Fla.
But most importantly, Happ said he wasn't paying much attention to the injured forearm when he was out there.
"It's not affecting my ability right now," Happ said.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't give a specific timeline for when Happ can return, but he was happy to hear the 27-year-old left-hander is progressing.
"He's basically starting from Spring Training right now," Amaro said. "As long as he's not in any pain, I'm a happy guy."
When asked if he was shocked by how long it has taken for Happ to get healthy, Amaro said he was not surprised after the first setback, which occurred after Happ threw his first bullpen session.
"He's really got to build up his arm strength," Amaro said.
"I haven't heard any timeline on him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Happ said that right now, he's working mostly on building up the arm strength he's lost in the past two months.
"Command and strength is not quite there, so that's what we're going to keep working on," Happ said. "It's been a while. It's not going to be there right away, but maybe I'll throw some extra 'pens or try to do some stuff to try to help that process go as quick as possible."
-- Zach Schonbrun
To spark Utley, Phils shift lineup
NEW YORK -- For the first time since last July, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was not in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order on Tuesday.
In what could be construed as an attempt to spark Utley's slumping bat, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel flipped Utley and No. 2 hitter Placido Polanco in the lineup against New York. It was the first time Utley had not hit third since last July 30.
In his past 24 games entering Tuesday, Utley was hitting .165 with one home run and four RBIs. Polanco had hit safely in his past eight games and was batting .394 during that span.
Manuel said the reason for the flip-flop was that the Yankees started lefty CC Sabathia, and the skipper wanted to split up the left-handed duo of Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard. Manuel would not say whether the move will stick for more than one game.
"The type of pitcher that CC is -- the angle he throws the ball and everything -- I figured I didn't want him looking at too many lefties right in a row," Manuel said.
Utley said he couldn't put a finger on why he has struggled in the past month, but he denied any indication that he's playing hurt.
"As far as I know, I'm healthy, yes," Utley said.
Utley's prolonged slump has confounded Manuel and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and Manuel didn't have many answers.
"Every now and then, he gets out on his front side and he looks like he's not ready," Manuel said. "When you see him chase breaking balls and changeups, his weight's already shifted to the front side, and he's become just an arm-and-hand hitter. That's a sign that he's not staying back."
Utley entered Tuesday batting .295 against left-handers this season. He was 0-for-3 with one strikeout in his career vs. Sabathia.
"Everybody is kind of a little bit confused by [Utley's slump], including him, probably," Amaro said. "But I think all of us know what Chase is. He's a quality run producer and one of the best offensive players in the league. At the end of the day, he'll prove that to be the truth again."
Polanco has batted third 16 times in his career, hitting .436 (17-for-39) with two RBIs.
-- Zach Schonbrun
Rollins may return for weekend set
NEW YORK -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has missed most of the season with a strained right calf, was in the starting lineup for Class A Advanced Clearwater on Tuesday and played his scheduled five innings as part of a rehab assignment, going 0-for-3 before being replaced.
There is a chance Rollins could be ready to play for the Phillies this weekend against the Minnesota Twins at Citizens Bank Park, although Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that timetable "might be a little aggressive, but possible."
-- Todd Zolecki
Phillies deliver NL ring to Park in Bronx
NEW YORK -- When the Yankees were in Oakland for an April series, right-hander Chan Ho Park had to watch as Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were presented with their World Series championship rings.
Park also saw the Yankees celebrate last Nov. 4 while wearing the uniform of the visiting Phillies, and he again kept quiet while New York staged a gala ceremony before its 2010 home opener. This was enough.
Park urged the Yankees repeatedly to knock it off, yelling, "Hey, we've got to stretch!" to laughter. But the club would have its chance to give Park some retaliation on Tuesday, when the Phillies delivered Park's National League championship ring to Yankee Stadium.
"To bring the ring in this clubhouse, nobody is going to be mad," Park said. "It reminds me of a sad moment when we lost, but it was a pretty good experience. We could have won and got the real rings, but this is the best in the National League.
"I had a lot of fun -- this ring is going to make me not forget how the teammates and staff treated me. Me and my family had fun a lot last year. This ring will make me remember forever."
Park was a key contributor for Philadelphia last year, going 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 appearances (seven starts) before shining in the postseason, posting four scoreless World Series appearances against the Yankees.
But as Park said hello to his former teammates, nobody was traveling down memory lane about the 2009 postseason.
They were more interested in quizzing Park about an April postgame interview at Fenway Park, one that has become an international YouTube sensation, when Park -- in exceedingly honest fashion -- explained how a recent illness had affected his pitching.
"It's great -- everybody talked about the diarrhea," Park said. "Stop the diarrhea. That's all you want to know? I said, 'Stop it.' It was fun, you know? Everybody back in Korea saw it, too. It's good."
-- Bryan Hoch
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.