8/21/2013 7:47 P.M. ET
Revere off crutches, but role for Phils unclear
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is finally off his crutches following right ankle surgery in July, but there is a chance he will not rejoin the Phillies until next season.
There is little reason to rush him back.
More interesting is what could happen to Revere next year. The Phillies acquired him from the Twins in December to play center field, but there is chance he could be elsewhere in 2014, depending on what happens this offseason.
"I see Ben as an option in center field," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Ben could also be used in left field. That's another option for Ben. The way that Ben performed before he got injured, he showed what he can do at the top of the order. His speed really played at the top of the order with bunts and his approach, and he really found his swing and was staying on top of the ball. For a month he made a big difference in the way the team went and that when the team got to where it did at the All-Star break. He was a big part of that."
The Phillies could use Revere in left, where his arm might be less of a liability.
"I think he came a long way, and I think his arm strength got a little better," Sandberg said. "With him, another option is to train our infielders to go out a little farther to make his throw shorter. With the third-base coaches, when the ball is coming to the relay man even if they are a little deeper, a lot of times that will stop the runner at third. Ben with his speed and a quick release should be able to stop some baserunners."
Phils acquire Bernadina, option Martinez
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Wednesday signed outfielder Roger Bernadina, whom the Nationals released Monday.
The Phillies optioned Michael Martinez to make room for Bernadina on the 25-man roster.
Bernadina, 29, hit .178 with two home runs and six RBIs in 85 games this season. He hit .291 with a .372 on-base percentage in 129 games last season. He is a career .243 hitter with 25 homers, 107 RBIs, 56 stolen bases, .310 on-base percentage and.360 slugging percentage in 468 games.
He can play all three outfield positions.
"He's an athletic guy with ability and tools and also has the ability to play in center field," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He'll get his opportunity, and he'll get a good look. With the way things are set up here personnel-wise, he needs to look at that as an opportunity to show what he can do."
Halladay scheduled for third rehab start
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay will make his third rehab start Sunday with Double-A Reading.
He allowed seven hits, two runs and three walks with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday with Class A Lakewood.
"He still has some work to do," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Another rehab performance and assignment was necessary. We'll wait to see how he progresses and see what the next step will be."
Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who made a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, still feels some soreness in his right shoulder. He will see a doctor Thursday and will receive a MRI exam.
Broadcasters Foundation names Kalas Award winner
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation on Wednesday named Ambler, Pa., native Kenneth Ayres the 2013 Kalas Award winner.
Ayres is beginning his senior year at West Chester University, where is a communications studies major with a minor in journalism. He is completing his second summer with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, where he works in the broadcasting and media relations departments.
Ayres will receive a $1,500 college scholarship to help him complete his senior year at West Chester. He graduates in May 2014.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.