09/09/10 1:48 AM ET
Rollins exits early with tight hamstring
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
They said he is day-to-day.
Rollins, who was unavailable for comment after Philadelphia's 10-6 victory, limped into second base with a two-out double in the third inning and later hobbled home to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Rollins smiled in the dugout after he scored his run, but Wilson Valdez took his place at shortstop in the top of the fourth.
"He was sick a little bit today and he was dehydrated," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He didn't take [batting practice] today. He was kind of under the weather."
Manuel said he thought the tightness in Rollins' hamstring was a product of his dehydration.
"Our trainer and doctor, they feel like he's going to be OK," Manuel said.
Rollins had two stints on the 15-day disabled list this season because of a strained right calf: April 13-May 17 and May 22-June 21.
Phils' Kendrick confident amid uncertainty
PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick awaits his fate in the Phillies' rotation.
His situation is a familiar one.
The Phils bumped him from the rotation in September 2008 for left-hander J.A. Happ. Kendrick went 1-4 with an 11.35 ERA in six consecutive starts from Aug. 11-Sept. 9, 2008, before Philadelphia replaced him with Happ. Kendrick is 2-4 with a 7.04 ERA in his past six starts this season, which has put his job in jeopardy.
The Phils need a starter for Saturday's game against the Mets at Citi Field. It could be Kendrick, but it also could be rookie right-hander Vance Worley or veteran left-hander Nate Robertson, although Robertson is 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts this season at Citi Field.
"We'll consider everything," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said.
Kendrick was available in the bullpen Wednesday, although Dubee said nothing should be read into that. Kendrick wasn't used in the Phillies' 10-6 win.
"This game is, 'What have you done for me lately?'" Kendrick said. "My last few starts weren't good. But the only way to get out of it is to pitch out of it."
Kendrick sounded confident in his abilities to pitch out of it.
"I know I'm a good pitcher," Kendrick said. "I don't care what anybody else thinks. That's the truth."
Dubee balancing relievers' workload
PHILADELPHIA -- One of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee's jobs this month is balancing workload with payoff.
The payoff is making the postseason.
He is familiar with it. Dubee used relief pitchers Brett Myers, Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero almost every day down the stretch in 2007, when the Phillies became the first team in baseball history to overcome a seven-game deficit with 17 games to play.
"It's need with wisdom," Dubee said. "I feel very good about our bullpen. We feel good with [Chad] Durbin, [Jose] Contreras, Romero, [Ryan] Madson, [Brad] Lidge. Those five guys back there? Yeah, we feel we can use them any way we want."
Lidge plays catch, feels OK
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge still expects to be ready to pitch Friday in New York.
Lidge said he hyperextended his right elbow in Saturday's appearance against the Brewers. He pitched through the pain Monday against the Marlins, but has been ordered to rest through Thursday's off-day.
Lidge played catch Wednesday and said it went as expected.
He felt OK. Not 100 percent, but OK.
"I'm not waiting for it to be 100 percent," Lidge said. "I'm just waiting for it to be like normal again."
Lidge, who will play catch again Thursday, is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 21 saves in 41 appearances this season. He has a 0.55 ERA and 11 saves in 12 opportunities since July 31. In 16 1/3 innings since then, he has allowed seven hits, two runs, one earned run and three walks and has struck out 18. Opponents have hit just .125 against him.
"He knows exactly how he feels and how much his arm hurts," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "You kind of go with what he says. Right now, he says he's just got some tenderness, a little soreness. That can be common, because ever since he started pitching on a regular basis, he's been out there a lot."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said rookie outfielder Domonic Brown remains day-to-day with a strained right quadriceps. "He's still hurting some," Manuel said Wednesday. "He's probably not available tonight." ... Phillies right-hander Scott Mathieson has some soreness in his latissimus dorsi, which made him unavailable Wednesday. He said he should be fine. ... Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said right-hander Danys Baez, who has been on the disabled list with back spasms, should be ready to pitch Friday. ... The Phillies were the first National League team to reach 80 victories, and their .574 winning percentage also topped the NL after the conclusion of Wednesday's games. The Phils could finish the regular season with the best record in the league, which would give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. "If you can do something, why not do it?" Manuel said. "That's excellence."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.