8/18/2013 5:58 P.M. ET
Young comes off bench to help key Phils' win
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Young did not start Sunday's game against the Dodgers because of a sore left Achilles, but he pinch-hit in a key at-bat with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning.
Young hit a ground ball to Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who booted the potential double-play ball to allow the winning run to score.
"I've dealt with it in the past before, probably the last several seasons," Young said before the game about his injury. "This season it's felt the best, but there have been times where it just locks up and I've got to get off it.
"Once I get off it, it literally feels much, much better, almost to the point where I really don't feel it at all."
Young said afterward it remained a little sore, but "was better than I thought it would be."
Rollins enduring tough season at plate
PHILADELPHIA -- This season has not been kind to the Phillies.
It cost former manager Charlie Manuel his job Friday, and Jimmy Rollins is headed toward the roughest season of his 14-year career.
Rollins, who did not start in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Dodgers, is hitting .248 with a .305 on-base percentage, .339 slugging percentage and .644 OPS in 508 plate appearances. He is on pace for the second-lowest on-base percentage, the lowest slugging percentage and the lowest OPS of his career.
One of Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg's many challenges is trying to turn around Rollins.
"I've had good talks with Jimmy," Sandberg said. "He's a big piece of the puzzle. That'll be my job from here on out, no doubt about it. That goes for everybody, but him in particular. He is a big piece of the puzzle. He's a good player. That's a challenge of mine, and we'll stay after that."
No return timetable for injured Revere
PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Revere remains on crutches following right ankle surgery in July.
He said he has no timetable for a return or an idea of what happens next.
There seemed to be a chance Revere could return before the end of the season, but the Phillies will have to decide if that's the best course of action with the postseason not in play.
"They just want me to come back 100 percent sure it's healthy," Revere said. "They don't want me to come back if it's still kind of bothering me and bothering me going into Spring Training. They want me to go into the offseason healthy."
Since Revere last played July 13, the Phillies have started John Mayberry Jr., Michael Martinez and Casper Wells in center field.
No word on Phils' deal with Cuban righty Gonzalez
PHILADELPHIA -- Fans still waiting to hear if the Phillies have signed Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez should not hold their breath.
MLB.com reported nearly two weeks ago that negotiations between the Phillies and Gonzalez had hit a snag after word spread July 26 they had agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract that included an $11 million option for 2019.
Little has changed recently, but if the deal happens at all, it might happen at less than the $48 million previously agreed upon.
The Phillies have said nothing about Gonzalez since the story broke, repeatedly declining comment any time they have been asked about the Cuban. But since the agreement leaked to reporters, numerous reports have mentioned scouts with questions about Gonzalez's elbow and health. He had bone spurs removed from his elbow sometime within the past two years, although it has been written he had made a full recovery.
It would help the Phillies to have Gonzlaez in the fold, if he is healthy and as good as advertised. Scouts consider him a No. 3 starter in the big leagues, which means he could potentially slide behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee next season.
• Interim manager Ryne Sandberg knew this would not be easy. Sandberg joined a small group Saturday when the Phillies suffered a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Sandberg became one of just three managers in history to suffer shutout losses in their first two games at the helm. Miami's Mike Redmond endured the same fate as Sandberg to begin this season. The other? Louisville's Jack Chapman in 1876, which was the first year of the National League.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.