6/2/2013 8:00 P.M. ET
Manuel hesitates to use pitchers as pinch-runners
By Paul Hagen / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Twice this season, Charlie Manuel has used a pitcher as a pinch-runner in crucial, late-inning situations: first Cliff Lee on May 19, and then Kyle Kendrick on Saturday. Both times, the pitcher has been picked off.
The Phillies manager said Sunday it's not a strategy he likes to use, but he noted that sometimes there isn't much choice.
"I don't like to use a pitcher to pinch-run," Manuel said. "The danger of it is because if they get any kind of a lead at all, they're not used to having to go back to first base. They're not used to a pitcher trying to pick them off. They're not used to getting leads and they don't know how much [of a] lead to get.
"And they don't slide a whole lot. That's a big thing, too. Therefore, I have a hard time using them. But when you get into a pickle like we were in [Saturday], that's something you have to learn from ... . The ones that become decent baserunners are the ones that don't even get a lead, because they don't even draw throws. The pitchers and the catchers, they think if a pitcher is down there running, they don't have to hold him on or throw down there. But you see one getting a lead, there's a good chance you can pick him off. I've always thought that."
Papelbon too sick to appear in save situation
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities this season, walked into the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park before Sunday's game against the Brewers.
The problem was that he walked out of the clubhouse before the game was over.
"He's very sick," Charlie Manuel explained after the Phillies held on for a 7-5 win. "He was sick and we didn't have him or [setup man Mike] Adams.
Papelbon also was ill in Spring Training, so the manager was asked if he was concerned.
"I'm concerned about our closer any time that he's sick. We're supposed to have the best doctors in the world and they are definitely looking at him. Hopefully we can get him well as soon as possible," Manuel said.
For most of the muggy afternoon, it looked as though it wouldn't matter. Starter Cliff Lee was rolling along with a 7-0 lead going into the eighth. But Lee began experiencing cramps and had to leave with a run in and two runners on. Both scored, and so did Aramis Ramirez, who reliever Justin De Fratus walked before giving up a triple to Jonathan Lucroy.
That created a save situation and Manuel had to turn to left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base before settling down and pitching out of trouble, while allowing just one run.
Kendrick's father honored at Citizens Bank Park
PHILADELPHIA -- As Kyle Kendrick has begun to establish himself in the big leagues, much has been made about the impact teammates Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer have had on him. Halladay is a disciple of late sports psychologist Dr. Harvey Dorfman. Kendrick has also spoken recently about how much pitching coach Rich Dubee has helped him.
But there's another man in the 28-year-old right-hander's life who has impacted him greatly, and who hasn't gotten as much attention: Maury Kendrick, his father.
As part of their annual father's celebration Sunday at Citizens Bank Park -- the team plays at Colorado on the official Father's Day, June 16 -- one dad is selected to come to Philadelphia. This year, the Kendrick family was selected.
"My dad has been huge," Kyle said. "He watches every game [at his home near Seattle]. We text before every game and after every game. I was in love with the game because of him. He coached all of us, he played semi pro, he played college ball. He has been great to me."
Maury helped Kyle learn what to do -- and what not to do.
"I never got drafted. I took some bad turns in life when I was in college," Maury said. "I shared that with the kids. And Kyle bought into it. Kyle was a poster child for saying no to drugs and alcohol in high school. And he was such a good athlete. Peer pressure never got to him. Kids didn't push him because he was a leader in all the sports. He knew what he wanted to do and he wasn't going to let that get in the way. To his credit, because it's not easy to do that."
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"I don't have anybody close to me who has had it, but it's obviously a big deal," Maury said. "I'm 55, so you start getting checked. It's a big deal to me."
Rollins starts Sunday with sore right foot
PHLADELPHIA -- Two hours before Sunday's game, Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was writing the starting lineup in green ink on the dry erase board just inside the clubhouse door. He was almost finished when shortstop Jimmy Rollins snuck up behind him and erased the whole thing.
Billmeyer would have had to start over anyway. The original batting order didn't include Rollins after he didn't start Saturday with a sore foot. He later contributed a pinch-hit single, but he had to leave the game for a pinch-runner.
That was a dramatic recovery, but Rollins didn't stop there. Batting third on Sunday, he doubled his first time up and scored. In the second inning inning, he singled and scored again.
Charlie Manuel said he had assumed, since Rolins was limping so badly on Saturday, that he wouldn't be able to play Sunday.
"He walked in and told me that he could play," Manuel said. "I didn't go ask him. I just sat him out. Then he told me he could play and I put him in the lineup."
Rollins wasn't the only member of the Phillies' walking wounded to contribute. First baseman Ryan Howard, who has been hobbled by a sore knee, walked and scored in the first and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second.
• Third baseman Michael Young missed his fifth straight game on bereavement leave Sunday, but team officials are cautiously optimistic he'll be back for Monday night's game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
• Class A Clearwater Threshers outfielder Kelly Dugan and Class A Lakewood BlueClaws left-hander Yoel Mecias have been named the Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for May. Dugan, 22, batted .314 and Mecias was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six starts.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.