09/05/11 8:55 PM ET
Rollins eligible for activation, but not quite ready
By Nate Mink / MLB.com
Rollins fielded ground balls on Monday and is progressing with baseball activities and running drills, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Rollins has been on the DL since Aug. 22 with a strained right groin.
"I think it's going to be a day-to-day thing as to when he's going to be ready, and ready to go," Amaro said. "But he's getting closer."
Phillies file formal protest of game vs. Marlins
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday formally filed a protest of Sunday afternoon's 14-inning, 5-4 loss to the Marlins.
The play in question occurred in the sixth inning, when right fielder Hunter Pence was called out on fan interference after reaching second. A Phillies fan had reached over the railing in right field and obstructed Marlins outfielder Bryan Petersen.
The Phillies are contending that the replay rule was not properly applied. According to Major League Baseball, replay can only be used on plays involving home runs or potential home runs.
"We didn't feel that was the case in this case," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
After the game, umpire Joe West said that the Phillies asked for replay to determine whether Pence's hit was a home run, but Manuel adamantly denied then that such a discussion ever took place, and he did so again on Monday.
"It's bothering me, because I'd already been thrown out of the game, and it was already after that they got together and made the decision that I said anything at all about a review," Manuel said. "I wasn't arguing the decision, I was arguing that you're not supposed to have a review about a defensive play, as I understand the rules."
Another issue that irks Manuel is the assumption that Petersen would have made the catch, but nothing can be done to address that. Baseball rule 3.16 states that if spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball, the ball is dead, and the batter is out.
Amaro is not sure when MLB will make a ruling.
"We're just trying to do what we think is right, and we'll deal with the consequences after that," Amaro said.
Bullpen bolstered by return of Kendrick, Blanton
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies bullpen is stretched a little thin after Sunday's 5-4 loss in 14 innings, but the addition of two relievers should have the relief corps covered for Monday night's game against the Braves.
Right-hander Joe Blanton was activated from the 60-day disabled list after throwing one perfect inning on Friday with Class A Lakewood. Blanton had been on the DL since May 16 with inflammation in his right elbow. He would only be used in an emergency situation on Monday, and for no more than one inning.
"I felt good the other day in rehab," Blanton said. "That's all I have to go off of right now. Just got to go from there."
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick is back with the team after his paternity leave. He and his wife welcomed their first child over the weekend.
Manager Charlie Manuel would like to stay away from setup man Antonio Bastardo, who pitched three days in a row before getting a break on Sunday. David Herndon also pitched the last two days and threw 69 pitches on Sunday.
"We need to give Bastardo a few more days," Manuel said. "This is September, and this is the most he's ever pitched, and the most he's ever got out of a season."
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, clinched the first playoff appearance in the club's four-year history on Monday with a rain-shortened 4-1 win at Syracuse.
The Reading Phillies (Double-A) have also clinched a playoff berth.
Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.