04/16/2013 6:39 PM ET
Without Ruiz, Phillies see limited production at catcher
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Phillies are unofficially on Chooch watch.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz is still serving his 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant, and he is eligible to rejoin the team April 28 against the Mets at Citi Field. But the Phillies could use him much earlier than that. Phillies catchers entered Tuesday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park with a .486 OPS percentage, which ranked 29th in baseball. Only Reds catchers (.326 OPS) have been worse.
Phillies catchers had an .861 OPS last season, which was the best in baseball. Ruiz has a career .781 OPS with a career-high .935 OPS last season.
Humberto Quintero was scheduled to catch Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick on Tuesday. He entered the night hitting .222 (2-for-9) with one double. Erik Kratz entered the night hitting .171 (7-for-41) with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs.
Asked if he might use these final 12 days to evaluate his catchers, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, "They can count. When people start coming back, we're going to have to make some changes on our roster."
But Manuel added anytime any of his hitters feel like stringing together some hits, he will take it.
Phils take full-season approach with Adams, Bastardo
CINCINNATI -- The reason Mike Adams or Antonio Bastardo did not start the eighth inning Monday in a tie game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park is simple -- the Phillies need them the entire season.
So as much as the Phillies would like to pitch them every time the game is tied or they have the lead, they cannot. Adams had pitched four of the previous five games, and is coming back following thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Bastardo had pitched three of the previous four.
Adams said he feels fine right now, but overuse early in the season could change that.
"Usually for me, the less I throw the worse I feel," Adams said. "Yesterday's situation was kind of weird. I was hoping to be in there at the start of the inning. It didn't work out that way."
Left-hander Jeremy Horst started the inning, but a swinging bunt single and a bloop double put runners on second and third with no outs. Horst intentionally walked Jay Bruce to load the bases. Adams entered at that point only because the Phillies were trying to extend the game. He got the ground ball he wanted, but it wasn't hit at anybody and a couple runs scored.
"So far I feel good," Adams said. "The days I don't feel well, I'll be honest with them and let them know I need a day off."
He said he doesn't even thinking about the TOC surgery anymore.
"That's all in the past," he said. "I'm still trying to break some bad habits I created from last year, but as far as how I feel and stuff like that, that's a non-issue."
Manuel not committed to Revere leading off
CINCINNATI -- Fans begged and pleaded for months for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to have Ben Revere at the leadoff spot.
But 13 games into the season, Revere hasn't provided the offense much of a spark. He entered Tuesday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park hitting .222 (12-for-54) with two RBIs, a .276 on-base percentage and a .222 slugging percentage. He has stolen five of seven bases.
"Committed?" Manuel said about Revere hitting atop the lineup. "I'm not really committed. I look at [the lineup] every day and I try to find the best lineup we can win with. What the hell are we going to do?"
His lineup could change once Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young join the team, which would give Manuel more flexibility.
• The Phillies have struggled offensively recently, but they have been terrible since the beginning of the season against left-handers. They entered Tuesday hitting .136 with a .186 on-base percentage against lefties. To put that into perspective, big league pitchers hit a combined .129 with a .162 on-base percentage against lefties last season.
"I've been concerned about that for a few years now," Manuel said. It isn't just the left-handed hitters, either.
Their right-handed hitters haven't had much success against them.
"Our right-handed hitters don't knock them out," Manuel said.
• Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins wore two pairs of spikes during Monday's game against the Reds to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. He is taking one shoe from each pair and auctioning them off at MLB.com, where proceeds will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
• Chase Utley hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run Monday, the Phillies' second pinch-hit homer in as many games (Laynce Nix hit a go-ahead one Sunday in Miami). It is the first time the Phillies hit pinch-hit homers in back-to-back games since June 28-29, 2004, when Utley and Tomas Perez did it. The last time the Phillies hit a game-tying or go-ahead pinch-hit homer in consecutive games was Sept. 11-12, 1974, when Bill Robinson and Del Unser did it.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.