04/26/2013 7:17 PM ET
Manuel not worried about Utley's miscues
By Jay Greenberg / Special to MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Chase Utley has five errors in the first 23 games, tied for the lead among National League second basemen entering Friday.
He committed one of them during the Phillies' 3-5 homestand, when he was unable to make an over-the-shoulder catch on a popup. By no means was that an error, but it wasn't exactly Utley, either. Neither was forgetting the number of outs during the Cardinals series and being doubled off.
Manager Charlie Manuel says he is not worried.
"No, when he starts making mistakes he will work and eliminate them," said the manager. "But he might be trying to do a little too much.
"I saw him bunt twice [for a hit] this week. That's a little bit different. He was bunting to get the tying run on base, which is understandable. At the same time, he is trying some different things that shows he might be trying to get us going a little too much."
All that noted, Utley led the Phillies in home runs (four) and RBIs (16) entering Friday. Plus, his .309 batting average coming into the opener of the three-game series with the Mets was second among their regulars to Michael Young's .312.
Revere rests sore quad, may miss rest of series
NEW YORK -- John Mayberry was in center field for the Phillies on Friday night as Ben Revere rested his sore quadriceps muscle for the second consecutive game.
Manager Charlie Manuel said a move to the disabled list would be premature, but it appears Revere will be shut down for the three-game series with the Mets.
"It's been off and on," the center fielder said. "Finally we just needed to rest it so we wouldn't reaggravate it. If you rip it, you'll be out most of the year.
"They want something like this to be 100 percent and Monday is an off-day in Cleveland. I need to be able to run comfortably. But a miracle could happen. Tomorrow, it could be good to go. I'll see how it feels tomorrow and Sunday."
Revere, who is hitting .207 with a .242 on-base percentage, agreed he could use a mental break as much as a physical one.
"Look at some tape, clear my mind, and get back on my feet again, yeah," he said.
"I think this is not hurting him," said the manager. " He definitely needed a blow. Sometimes a couple days off helps you, yeah."
• For the third time this season, Manuel separated Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the lineup, with the right-handed-hitting Michael Young in the No. 3 spot.
"[The Mets] have three lefties in the 'pen and I have a feeling we are going to be seeing them," said the manager. "I like to have a right-handed hitter in between them, I think that's really important. Now, if we want to go out and start banging lefties, I might line them all up and let them go."
• When the Pirates rallied from behind to win the final two games of the series this week in Philadelphia, it was only the second time in 60 years that a Phillies opponent had come from behind in the seventh inning or later to win consecutive contests. The Mets did it May 8-9 of last season.
Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.