07/10/10 7:01 PM ET
Polanco set to rehab in Clearwater
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Polanco has been on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation since June 26. Manuel is hopeful he can rejoin the Phillies within two weeks.
"He'll probably play a game or two, and then we'll bring him back, see where he's at," Manuel said. "It depends on how he feels of course, but so far he says he's feeling good and ready to go."
Polanco was batting a team-high .318 with five home runs and 27 RBIs for the Phillies this season. Manuel said he will do infield work and start taking batting practice down in Clearwater before playing any rehab games.
When he does return, Polanco, who won two Gold Gloves as a second baseman, could be moved back to second in the absence of Chase Utley. But Manuel said at this point he's leaning toward keeping him at third.
"When Polly signed on here, he signed on as a third baseman, I'd like to keep him there the majority of the time," Manuel said. "I think flopping him around, I don't know if that's good for him."
Two other injured Phillies relievers, Chad Durbin (right hamstring) and Antonio Bastardo (left elbow ulnar neuritis), are expected to play in a rehab game for Clearwater on Saturday.
Phils activate Ruiz from disabled list
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list Saturday, and the catcher was in the starting lineup against the Reds, making his first start since June 19.
Ruiz, who suffered a concussion after being hit in the head by a broken bat by Minnesota's Jason Kubel, played in three Minor League rehab games. He went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter for Class A Lakewood on Friday.
In his first rehab game, for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Ruiz admitted he was nervous getting back behind the plate for the first time since a harsh blow to the head left him staggering almost three weeks earlier. Early in Thursday's game for Lakewood, Ruiz took a foul tip off the mask that momentarily jarred him.
"It scared me," Ruiz said. "It also scared me every time I called fastballs inside to lefties because I had it in my head [that they'd tip it back]. But I got over that."
Ruiz said he is past those early jitters, though, and ready to resume his role as the Phillies' No. 1 catcher, something manager Charlie Manuel is happy to see.
"I think our pitchers like him," Manuel said. "I think that's one of the biggest things he's accomplished here in the last two years, it's that the pitchers like throwing to him, they want him back there. It's a comfort thing, it's something that you earn."
Ruiz has been hampered by various injuries almost all season long, and he acknowledged that the three-week rest also allowed him to recover from some ailing ankle, knees and shoulder.
"It's hard when you play with something hurt, because you're going to try to do something different in your approach," Ruiz said. "I hope I stay like right now: I feel real good, strong."
In a corresponding move, Dane Sardinha, who hit three home runs and drove in eight runs in 13 games for Philadelphia, was designated for assignment. Manuel praised Sardinha's work filling in for both Ruiz and Brian Schneider.
"He helped himself, and I told him that today," Manuel said. "He was only called up for two or three days. He ended up staying like two weeks or more and he hit three home runs. He did a pretty good job."
"I'd say his stock went up," Manuel added.
Manuel undecided on Doc's All-Star fate
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he hadn't decided yet whether he would elect to pitch ace Roy Halladay at all in the upcoming All-Star Game.
Halladay started Saturday's contest against Cincinnati, and he leads the Major Leagues in innings pitched and complete games. Manuel will not announce who will start for the National League until Monday.
"I'll talk to [pitching coach Rich] Dubee about that, see exactly where he's at and what we'd like to do with him," Manuel said of Halladay. "I'd like to get in the game. But I think it's something Dubee and I will talk about."
Infielder Wilson Valdez said his sore left wrist was feeling better and he was capable of playing Saturday, though he was held out of the lineup. Valdez said he jammed the wrist sliding into home in the eighth inning of Thursday's game and had trouble swinging a bat Friday. ... Friday's come-from-behind win was only the second time in Phillies history they've won back-to-back games with walk-off home runs. The other time was on Sept. 13 and 14, 1962. ... Philadelphia's win was also the third in baseball this season that featured at least a six-run comeback in the ninth inning. It's the first time in baseball history that's been done three times.
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.