08/30/10 10:09 PM ET
Utley, Howard split up in Phillies' order
Manuel slots Polanco in third spot between sluggers
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Manuel hit Utley second and Howard fourth. Placido Polanco hit third.
Utley had hit .200 (9-for-45) with two doubles, four RBIs, nine walks and eight strikeouts in 12 games since being activated from the 15-day disabled list Aug. 17. Howard had hit .121 (4-for-33) with one RBI, one walk and 16 strikeouts in eight games since being activated Aug. 21.
"We definitely need Chase and Ryan to get hot," Manuel said. "We've got guys like [Jimmy] Rollins. When we get our offense going, we've got guy like Rollins, Howard and Utley hitting. Polly has been pretty consistent all year. He's been over .300 all season, really. [Shane] Victorino and [Raul] Ibanez, we need to get those people hitting in general."
Phils likely to add to roster after road trip
LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies can expand their roster beginning Wednesday.
The Phillies could call up a player or two that day, but most players likely would join the team when it returns from its seven-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Colorado on Friday.
Danys Baez and Ross Gload will rejoin the team once they are activated from the disabled list. Greg Dobbs will be back at some point. Pitchers Drew Carpenter, Scott Mathieson, Nate Robertson, Vance Worley and Mike Zagurski are candidates. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr., infielder Cody Ransom and catchers Paul Hoover or Dane Sardinha are candidates for the bench.
The Phillies have 38 players on their 40-man roster. They could move left-hander Jamie Moyer to the 60-day disabled list to give them 37 players. That would allow them to select the contracts of players like Dobbs, Robertson, Hoover or Sardinha or Ransom to put them on the roster.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said they have an idea who will pitch for them in a doubleheader Monday against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, but he did not tip his hand. It is believed Carpenter, Robertson and Worley are the top candidates.
Phils arrive in LA as Manny departs
LOS ANGELES -- There will be no Manny being Manny moments this week at Dodger Stadium.
Manny Ramirez is gone.
The Chicago White Sox claimed him off waivers and he is expected to hit cleanup for them on Tuesday. Ramirez did not play against the Phillies earlier this month at Citizens Bank Park, but he played against them the last two years. He hit .382 (13-for-34) with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs in 10 National League Championship Series games against the Phillies the past two seasons.
He went just 4-for-14 with no RBIs in Games 2 through 5 last year as the Phillies won both series in five games.
"We tried to crowd him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Ramirez hit .311 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 66 games this season, but had three stints on the disabled list because of calf and hamstring injuries.
"I think he can still hit," Manuel said. "He's a pretty gifted hitter. He can definitely still hit."
Manuel said he never had problems with Ramirez when he worked with him with the Cleveland Indians, but he had him in the Minor Leagues and as a young player in the big leagues.
"You had to really communicate with him," he said. "As he got older, Manny became Manny. The more money he got, the more he hit, the more they let him be Manny."
Weekend sweep one for books for Phillies
LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies swept the Padres in a three-game series this weekend immediately after the Houston Astros swept them in a four-game series.
Elias Sports Bureau said it was the first time the Phillies swept a team after being swept in a four-game series since August 2003, when the Montreal Expos swept the Phillies in a four-game series at Olympic Stadium and the Phillies swept the New York Mets in a three-game series at Shea Stadium.
Phillies fans might remember that Mets series because Pat Burrell snubbed manager Larry Bowa and the Phillies released Tyler Houston, who was leading the National League in pinch-hitting, the following day.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.