9/1/2013 7:20 P.M. ET
Howard unlikely to return in final month
By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- First baseman Ryan Howard, who has missed the past couple of months after having left knee surgery, will likely miss the rest of the season, according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
"I think it's doubtful that he'll be back this year," Amaro said. "I think he's making progress, which is great. He's taking more ground balls and hitting more. He's doing some more running and he's come along.
"I'm not in any rush to have Ryan here if he's not 100 percent."
Young left lasting impression in short Philly stint
CHICAGO -- Former Phillies infielder Michael Young, who was traded to the Dodgers in exchange for Minor League pitcher Rob Rasmussen on Saturday night, brought veteran leadership to Philadelphia that was appreciated by players, coaches and management.
"I was totally impressed with Michael Young," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The way he came to the ballpark every day and prepared himself, he was was positive, he was all about winning and helping to win a game that day for the Philadelphia Phillies.
"His name was out there for about two months now as a possible guy that might [draw interest] elsewhere. You wouldn't have known that. He was able to separate that and concentrate on what he was doing on the field. … He was a pleasure to have around and one of the leaders on the team."
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the downside to Young, as well as veteran infielder John McDonald -- who was also traded Saturday night, to the Boston Red Sox -- moving to another team is that their example for some of the younger players on the team goes with them.
"I'm happy for both Michael and Johnny Mac," Amaro said. "They are two of the most professional people I've ever been around. … The one downside other than [them] not playing for us is that our younger guys can learn a lot from those guys, and hopefully they did."
One of those younger players, rookie Darin Ruf, said Young was a leader and always looked to help younger players whenever he could.
"Anytime you get a guy like [Young] on your team, you try to watch him as much as you can and talk to him as much as you can," Ruf said. "He was the type of guy to come up to a younger guy like myself or Cody [Asche] and tell us a thing or two about what he thinks we need to do and how he thinks we could prolong our careers. He was just a great teammate to have around."
Young, a 14-year veteran who spent 13 of those seasons with the Rangers, hit .276 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 126 games for the Phillies.
Young was born in Covina, Calif., about 20 miles outside Los Angeles.
"I had a blast playing in Philly," Young said in a statement. "Obviously, we're all disappointed with how the season unfolded, but Philly is an incredible place to play. Great fans and a great environment. I consider myself fortunate to have played for [former manager Charlie Manuel] and [Ryne Sandberg]. Ruben was always upfront and honest with me. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat to any player out there."
Brown to have MRI on right Achilles on Monday
CHICAGO -- Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown was not in the starting lineup in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Cubs. He did pinch-hit in the seventh, however, and popped out.
Brown has been dealing with a sore right Achilles and interim manager Ryne Sandberg said after the game that Brown will undergo an MRI Monday.
"He's going to get an MRI [Monday] just to see the structure in there and just to see if there's anything more than what they're finding," Sandberg said. "It seems to flare up and then go away fairly quickly. So, he's getting checked out [Monday]."
Brown came out of Friday's series opener with Chicago in the sixth inning and has pinch-hit twice since then.
He left Philadelphia's game against the D-backs on Aug. 24 with inflammation in the right Achilles, and returned to the lineup on Aug. 29 against the Mets before the most recent flareup on Friday.
Hernandez, Martinez recalled to fill trade holes
CHICAGO -- The Phillies recalled infielder/outfielders Cesar Hernandez and Michael Martinez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the spots on the 25-man roster vacated by Michael Young and John McDonald, who were traded to the Dodgers and Red Sox, respectively, on Saturday night.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that he's looking forward to seeing how Hernandez and Martinez perform in the remaining few weeks of the season.
Martinez hit .167 (5-for-30) in 21 games for the Phillies this season. He hit .300 (73-for-243) in 71 games for Lehigh Valley.
Hernandez appeared in nine games for the Phillies from May 29-June 8, going 7-for-28 (.250). He hit .314 (126-for-401) with 13 doubles, nine triples and 37 RBIs between Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley.
"[Martinez] is a good kid," Amaro said. "He works hard [and] he's a versatile player. … He hasn't had an extended period of success offensively, but he's a versatile player. He plays the outfield, plays the infield. … There aren't many guys that can play short, play center, and play basically every single position on the field except catcher.
"We're giving [Hernandez] opportunities to play all over the place, because he's got value in his bat and his offense. I think he's good enough to be an everyday second baseman at the big league level, but Chase Utley is our second baseman. So, [the callup] gives him an opportunity to come up here and play up here a little bit."
The two pitchers acquired by the Phillies in the trades for Young and McDonald each have what Amaro calls "big arms," and he looks forward to seeing what they can do in the organization.
Right-handed reliever Nefi Ogando went 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 appearances (55 innings pitched) for Boston's Class A affiliate in Salem. Left-handed starter Rob Rasmussen went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games (24 starts) between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers' system.
"[Rasmussen] is a smaller lefty with a big arm," Amaro said. "He's starting now. He could be a guy later on that pitches in the bullpen.
"Nefi's the same way. Ogando has a real big arm. He can throw up to 97 [mph]. We'll take a chance on a big arm."
• The Phillies have lost 20 of the last 22 games in which they have scored three runs or fewer. They are 15-56 (.211) on the season when unable to score more than three runs in a game. When scoring four runs or more, Philadelphia's record is 47-18 (.723).
• The Phillies are currently in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, their longest such stretch of action on the season. The club's next scheduled off-day is on Thursday.