03/07/11 6:25 PM ET
With Utley out, Phillies' lineup fluid
Manuel looking for consistent production from No. 3 spot
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
But since Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been unable to play because of patellar tendinitis in his right knee, manager Charlie Manuel's lineups have received a little more scrutiny, because not only is the club without its No. 3 hitter, it's trying to find a No. 5 hitter to replace Jayson Werth.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins batted third in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field, but do not jump to any conclusions. Rollins remains Manuel's leadoff hitter.
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"I'm just trying to look for the best lineup [each day]," said Manuel, whose team has scored three or fewer runs in six of its first 11 Grapefruit League games.
Raul Ibanez would likely hit third if Utley cannot play for an extended period of time. In the Phillies' first 11 Grapefruit League games, Ibanez has batted third seven times. Ben Francisco, Placido Polanco, Ross Gload and Rollins have hit third once apiece.
"We'll see if we can find somebody to hit there," Manuel said.
Who is the ideal No. 3 guy, not including Utley?
"He's probably sitting on the bench -- it's probably me or [hitting coach Greg Gross]," Manuel joked. "Ibanez, I've hit him third sometimes. As a matter of fact, I hit Ibanez all over the lineup in the second half of the season last year. We'll see. We've got plenty of time to see what's going on."
Francisco has batted fifth four times this spring. Polanco has hit there three times, and John Mayberry Jr. has hit there twice. Delwyn Young and Robb Quinlan have also hit fifth.
Brown's hand surgery set for Tuesday
TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right hand on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Hand specialist Randall Culp will perform the surgery.
Brown broke the hook of the hamate bone in his hand while fouling off a pitch in Saturday's game against the Yankees at Bright House Field. The Phillies said it could take four to six weeks for Brown to recover.
Oswalt's fastball behind other pitches
TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt is working on fastball command at this point in Spring Training, and on Monday, he had trouble with it.
Oswalt allowed four hits, five runs (three earned) and two home runs, striking out three over 2 2/3 innings in a 7-1 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Eduardo Perez and Curtis Granderson both hit homers on fastballs.
"My fastball was a little erratic," Oswalt said. "I'm trying to get command of that more than anything. Two or three times, I can throw it where I want, then I jerk it sometimes."
Commercial gives Ruiz a laugh
TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has seen the "MLB2K11" commercial in which Roy Halladay spends his offseason getting advice from a pillow with Ruiz's picture on it.
"It's funny," Ruiz said. "He was asking that thing everything -- what shirt to wear, what do you think about throwing a fastball? It was great."
Ruiz provided his permission to use his likeness in the commercial. It was a quick phone call.
"Yeah, no problem," Ruiz said.
Ruiz said he has not talked with Halladay about the commercial but was impressed with the right-hander's acting abilities. The catcher also said that he wasn't surprised Halladay included him, because Halladay has given Ruiz and teammates credit in the past for helping him throw a perfect game and a no-hitter in 2010.
A Hollywood prop company made two Ruiz pillows for $300 apiece. Halladay has one of them. The whereabouts of the other pillow are unknown.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.