8/17/2013 10:31 P.M. ET
Sandberg not as mild-mannered as he seems
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- One of the greatest misconceptions about second baseman Chase Utley is that he is perpetually quiet, a leader only by example.
But those around the team know that Utley can be very vocal behind the scenes, getting on a teammate when the situation requires. He just does not feel the need to gesticulate and scream, either on the field or in the dugout. It is not his style.
The same seems to hold true for interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced Charlie Manuel on Friday. Immediately upon his promotion from third-base coach, such words as quiet and mild-mannered were used to describe him.
But even though Sandberg is not an extrovert, he is quite capable of mixing it up, getting on a player or making his point to an umpire.
Sandberg on Saturday estimated that he averaged eight to nine ejections a season during his first four years managing in the Minor Leagues.
"It got to the point that at my last year at [Triple-A] Lehigh Valley [in 2012], I actually took note to stay on the field and manage but to stand up for my players without getting tossed," Sandberg said.
And the key to that?
"Verbiage," he said with a smile. "And knowing when to stop.
"I act accordingly. I do raise my voice, and I do show emotion, and I do what has to be done. No doubt about it. Whether it is supporting the players and sticking up for the players or getting more out of the players. I think that was one of the biggest things I learned in the Minor Leagues coming up -- putting that out there and really being able to practice that. The Minor Leagues are a breeding ground [for] the Major Leagues, and I got to practice that and have a style that I developed.
"I was only ejected once in 17 years as a player. As a player I was able to communicate, be upset and not get tossed. As a manager that's part of the job."
Day 2 much smoother for Sandberg than Day 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryne Sandberg found Day 2 on the job to be much smoother than an emotional and surreal Day 1.
"The second day feels like back to business, a game to be played," Sandberg said before Saturday night's game against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. "Really, the most important thing is the game every night, and that's the focus now. We have a long stretch of games, but they are important games for the players individually and the organization. That's the focus now: back to work. We want to improve, show improvement on the field, and it starts with work and routine. It starts with the players playing better on the field."
After arriving home on Friday following his debut as interim manager, Sandberg finally checked his cell phone. He had 185 messages.
"How they got my number, I have no idea," he said. "The number evidently is out there floating around, and everyone got a hold of it."
Sandberg heard from people ranging from high school friends to former teammates to opponents during his Hall of Fame career with the Cubs. Among the former Cubs teammates was Larry Bowa, who played for and managed the Phillies. The two are close.
"There were a lot of players I've played against that I was surprised to hear from," Sandberg said. "But really, the biggest thing was, how did they get my phone number?"
Doc follows rehab start with good bullpen session
PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Roy Halladay, recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder, threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to follow up Thursday's rehab start with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies, in which he allowed three runs in six innings.
According to pitching coach Rich Dubee, both the rehab start and bullpen session were "fine."
Halladay will make his second rehab start on Tuesday with Class A Lakewood. Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is recovering from a strained right shoulder, will also make a second rehab start on Tuesday, with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Young exits after second with sore left ankle
PHILADELPHIA -- Third baseman Michael Young left Saturday's game against the Dodgers, a 5-0 loss, before the top of the third inning because of a sore left ankle.
"He's been battling through Achilles soreness, tightness, for about a week," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It comes off and on. I don't think it was anything that was too serious, but he definitely felt it being out there on the field. Precautionary to some extent."
Young has been the product of trade speculation for the past several weeks, speculation that will continue through the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline. Young has cleared waivers, so he can be traded, although he has complete no-trade rights.
• Utley did not start on Saturday against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, as Sandberg wanted to get as many right-handed bats in the lineup as possible.
• Sandberg, on the first two calls he made when he became a manager: "Jim Frey, my former manager, and Don Zimmer. Both of them immediately said, 'That's great, you know the game of baseball. Be yourself and get after it.' That was huge. I can be myself, but over the past seven years, I'll say I've grown for the position [by] going through the process."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.