04/15/2013 6:48 PM ET
Manuel using pinch-runner for Howard in tight situations
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Ryan Howard has never been particularly fast, but he can move once he gets going.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has already pinch-run for Howard twice this season. Howard missed much of 2012 following left Achilles surgery and has a little hitch when he runs. Manuel said replacing Howard on the bags could become a regular occurrence this year.
"I think it might be, yeah," Manuel said. "I hope I don't have to pinch-run for him much. I hope those situations don't come up much. But when you're trying to win the game, especially when somebody is faster or something, the chance of scoring a guy becomes much better."
Asked if he thinks Howard is running noticeably slower, Manuel said, "I'm not saying he's slower. Right now, it's not like he is much faster than he used to be, but at the same time, I think we have a different kind of team than we used to have. Things like that. Also, he was a guy that you felt like that you could leave him in there, and that he could score. Right now, I'd say where's he running from, it is hard to score from second base or even third, depending on where someone hits the ball."
But Manuel said he thinks Howard can improve his running in time, although that remains to be seen.
Utley rests, replaced by Galvis for series opener in Cincy
CINCINNATI -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley got a day off Monday, his first of the young season.
Freddy Galvis started for the third consecutive game. He played third base in place of Michael Young on Saturday and shortstop in place of Jimmy Rollins on Sunday.
"I figured he hasn't been off and has played 12 games," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley. "I said I was going to watch him, and I said I was going to pick times to sit him."
Utley, who missed the beginning of the previous two seasons because of knee injuries, entered Monday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park hitting .277 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBIs and a .532 slugging percentage.
"I've been very happy with the way he's been playing and running," Manuel said. "The way he's running around and stuff, that tells me he feels real good and is in real good shape -- that he's healthy. He feels much better."
In the seventh inning, Utley entered the game as a pinch-hitter and knocked a game-tying, two-run homer off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Rollins, Phillies grateful for Jackie
CINCINNATI -- The Phillies donned No. 42 jerseys to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday at Great American Ball Park. In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
Jimmy Rollins went one step further. He received a new pair of blue Nike spikes with Robinson's No. 42 on the heel, and he tweeted about this special day.
66 years ago today Jackie Robinson opened the door for all men to be able to play Major League Baseball! Thank you #Jackie42- Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11) April 15, 2013
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel recalled a time he met Robinson at Dodger Stadium before the legend died in 1972.
"I got to talk to him," Manuel said. "I remember talking to him about baseball and about the Dodgers. I asked him questions. It was good. He was a very kind of quiet, stern kind of guy. Real serious like."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.