09/26/11 7:18 PM ET
Phillies leaning toward 11 hurlers in NLDS
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
"We're pretty close," Phiillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The Phillies have informed outfielder Domonic Brown, right-hander Justin De Fratus and left-hander Joe Savery they will participate in instructional league during the postseason to stay sharp in case they are needed. Right-hander Michael Schwimer and outfielder Brandon Moss will head home after the regular-season finale Wednesday.
The Phillies said Monday at Turner Field they are leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers. If that is the case, the roster could look like this:
Catchers (2). Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.
Infielders (7): Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.
Outfielders (5): Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco.
Pitchers (11): Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Vance Worley, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes and Kyle Kendrick, with David Herndon or Joe Blanton possibly in the running for the final spot.
Blanton has pitched well enough in four appearances this month to "definitely put himself into the mix," Amaro said. He has allowed four hits and one run and struck out seven in five innings. Amaro said he is not surprised at how well Blanton has performed.
"We signed for three years for a reason," the GM said. "He's a pretty good pitcher."
Brown plays sparingly down the stretch
ATLANTA -- The Phillies recalled Domonic Brown the moment Triple-A Lehigh Valley's season ended earlier this month.
He has appeared in one game, last Tuesday, as a pinch-runner.
The Phillies still believe Brown is their left fielder of the future, but if that is the case, why hasn't he played?
"Right now we need other guys to play," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "Right now he's not a guy that we're going to consider for the postseason roster, at least at the outset."
Amaro said he believes Brown has benefited from his time in the big leagues.
"It's a good time for him to be here," Amaro said. "I think it was a good learning tool for him last year. It was a good learning tool for him this year. He needs to know he's a very important part of our organization still, and part of our future."
Manuel sticks with same Phillies lineup
ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used the same lineup Monday at Turner Field that he used Sunday at Citi Field to snap the team's eight-game losing streak.
It was just the sixth time the Phillies have used their everyday lineup since Hunter Pence joined the team July 30.
First baseman Ryan Howard, who left Sunday's game because of soreness in his left heel, batted fourth. Howard said he will try to play this week in Atlanta after missing nearly a week last week after receiving a cortisone injection into the bursa sac in his left ankle.
Phillies hope to retain entire coaching staff
ATLANTA -- The Phillies have asked their entire coaching staff to return in 2012.
That group includes pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Greg Gross, bench coach Pete Mackanin, first-base coach Sam Perlozzo, third-base coach Juan Samuel and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer.
"We're hopeful they accept," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "That doesn't always happen, but they all seem pretty pleased."
Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg could be a hot commodity, although no team has asked the Phillies for permission to speak to him. He led the IronPigs to their first winning season and trip to the postseason.
"I thought he was fantastic," Amaro said. "Frankly, for him I hope he gets an opportunity. He should get an opportunity to be in the big leagues as a coach or manager. I'm certain he has the ability to do that. For his sake, I hope people come calling for him. For our sake, I hope they don't, because we'd love to have him in our organization."
Amaro said Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper will announce who is back on the Minor League side. The Phillies still have not filled Chuck LaMar's position. He resigned earlier this month. LaMar's replacement will be the player development director, but will not carry the assistant general manager title like LaMar.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.