06/17/12 2:15 PM ET
Versatile Mayberry gives Phillies options
By Chris Toman / MLB.com
Primarily a left fielder, Mayberry Jr. has also seen brief action in center, right and 16 games at first base.
He is also a right-handed source of power in the lineup, as he connected for 15 homers and had an .854 OPS over 267 at-bats last season.
His 2012 season has gotten off to a slow start, but the 28-year-old connected for his fourth homer -- a three-run shot -- in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays. He hit his fifth homer in the third inning on Sunday
"Just try to play good fundamental baseball," Mayberry Jr. said, when asked what he needs to do to be a contributor to the Phillies' lineup. "Just do what the situation calls for. Have a plan, have an approach and just try to be a tough out.
"My best baseball is definitely ahead of me."
Polanco's wrist feeling better since shot
TORONTO -- Placido Polanco got the start at third base and was penciled into the two-hole for the second consecutive day after missing Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays.
The 36-year-old has been dealing with a small tear in the tendon of his left wrist, which required him to miss a week of action before returning to Philadelphia's lineup on Wednesday.
Time off, coupled with a cortisone shot he received for the ailment, has gone a long way toward making the injury tolerable.
"It's good, I haven't felt anything," Polanco said.
Cortisone shots can mask the pain for months on end, but Polanco said it all depends on where the injury occurs. He is hopeful that this one "will last longer" and allow him to play through the injury for the remainder of the season.
Despite the wrist, Polanco is enjoying his best month of the season at the plate. Entering Sunday's game, the veteran was hitting .314 with a .790 OPS -- the best totals he has put up in any month this year.
"I've been seeing the ball better for like the last month and a half," said Polanco, whose hot month has increased his average to .282 on the season.
Polanco said it was difficult doing work in the cage as he was battling through the wrist injury. Extra reps could lead to further discomfort and increase the risk of the wrist flaring up further.
Since the cortisone shot, Polanco has been able to go back to his old routine, which includes cage and tee work.
Ruiz returns to Phillies' lineup on Sunday
TORONTO -- Despite being expected to sit out the remainder of the Phillies' weekend series, Carlos Ruiz was back in the lineup for Sunday's game against Toronto.
The Phillies' starting backstop was forced to leave Friday's contest in the sixth inning with an oblique strain. Ruiz hurt himself while striking out in his last at-bat in that game.
After receiving treatment on Saturday, Ruiz felt he could play through the pain. He will still undergo further testing in Philadelphia on Monday by the team's medical staff.
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.