06/25/12 12:16 AM ET
Utley could be nearing return to Phils' lineup
By Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
Utley, who was yet to play this season because of chondromalacia in his left knee, is back in Philadelphia and will play another rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He could be activated by the Phillies on Wednesday, according to a CSNPhilly.com report that cited an anonymous source.
Sunday marked the 13th day of Utley's rehab assignment. Position players on rehab assignments have 20 days to be activated by their Major League ballclub, barring any type of setback.
In nine rehab games with Class A Clearwater, Utley was 5-for-32 (.156) with one home run and five RBIs. He played second base for the Threshers on Friday and Saturday, the first time he played the field in back-to-back games during his rehab stint.
The Phillies play a four-game series with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park starting on Monday.
Rosenberg recalled to be Phils' 26th man
PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, B.J. Rosenberg's stay with the Phillies lasted just a day.
Rosenberg, who was recalled on Sunday morning to be the Phillies' 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader, was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Sunday night's 7-3 loss to the Rays.
Rosenberg made an appearance in the second game and struggled, walking four batters and allowing two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.
The Phillies were able to call Rosenberg up for the day due to a rule in Major League Baseball's most-recent Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows clubs to carry an extra player for doubleheaders that occur at least two days after the originally-scheduled game was postponed.
"Whatever happens, happens," Rosenberg said before the doubleheader. "It's just fun to be here -- even if it is just for the day."
Victorino returns to Phillies' lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino was back in the lineup for the first game of Sunday's day-night doubleheader. Manager Charlie Manuel kept Victorino out of the starting lineup on Saturday with the hope that the center fielder could relax and clear his head a bit.
Victorino entered Saturday's game as a defensive replacement, meaning he has still played in every game this season. Entering Sunday, Victorino led the Major Leagues with 72 games played.
For just the fourth time this season, Victorino, who customarily bats fifth in the lineup, was penciled in as the two-hole hitter on Sunday. He's 2-for-14 (.143) in 2012 when hitting second in the order.
On the season, Victorino is hitting .252 and owns a .319 on-base percentage, both well below his career averages of .277 and .342. He has eight home runs and 33 RBIs.
Manuel said on Friday that part of the reason he wanted to give Victorino a day off was because he was struggling hitting from the left side. A switch-hitter, Victorino is hitting just .226 in 208 at-bats when he hits left-handed.
Jim Thome set a Major League record with his 13th career walk-off home run on Saturday, passing Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson -- all of whom hit 12. For Thome, it was his first walk-off with Philadelphia. He is one of three active players to hit walk-off homers with four different clubs (Indians, White Sox, Twins, Phillies), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Johnny Damon (Royals, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers and Rays) and Carlos Pena (Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox and Rays) are the others.
Jonathan Papelbon's blown save on Saturday was not only his first of the season and first with Philadelphia, but it marked the first time he had even allowed a run in a save situation in 2012. He surrendered two runs to the Rays in the ninth inning, but was bailed out by Thome.
Juan Pierre's fourth-inning home run on Saturday was the first of his 17 career longballs with more than one runner on base.
Jimmy Rollins has four homers in June, doubling his total from April and May combined.
Cole Hamels, who started in Sunday's first game, entered the day needing just seven more strikeouts to tie Hall of Famer Jim Bunning for sixth place all-time in Phillies history.
Sunday is the first doubleheader of the season for the Phillies. They played four last season, posting a 4-4 record.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.