5/21/2014 9:06 P.M. ET
Matthews, Wheeler to represent Phils at Draft
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Two very familiar faces to Phillies fans will represent the organization at the First-Year Player Draft next month.
Former Phillies player and broadcaster Gary Matthews and former Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler will attend the event.
Both Matthews, who was the 1983 National League Championship Series MVP, and Wheeler, who broadcast for the organization for 37 years, continue to work with the organization in ambassador roles, despite no longer broadcasting. Comcast SportsNet decided not to bring them back as part of their new broadcasting contract with the Phillies.
The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. ET on June 6.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Rollins ties Ashburn on Phillies' all-time hits list
MIAMI -- Jimmy Rollins said Sunday his pursuit of the franchise's all-time hits record isn't going fast enough.
But he seems to be on a pretty good pace. Just a few days after he passed Ed Delahanty for sole possession of third place on the Phillies' hit list, he picked up two hits Wednesday at Marlins Park to tie Richie Ashburn for second place with 2,217 hits. The hit that tied "Whitey" came on a single to right field in the fifth inning.
Rollins needs just 17 more hits to tie Mike Schmidt's mark of 2,234 hits.
Length of Ruf's current stint with Phillies uncertain
MIAMI -- Darin Ruf is back with the Phillies, but it is unclear how long he will be here.
The Phillies promoted him from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to the big leagues Tuesday, when they placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. But the Phillies will need to make another roster move to replace Lee's spot in the rotation Saturday. That means a pitcher, mostly likely from Triple-A, will replace a position player currently on the roster.
"I just have to take it day by day and prove I can help this team win now and hopefully I'll get that opportunity," Ruf said before Wednesday's game against the Marlins at Marlins Park.
"Possibly for the three days, but we'll deal with that when the day comes," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, asked how long Ruf might stick around. "But I see him as an option off the bench in a situation. I know he's been swinging the bat well, just within the last two or three days. He's made some mechanical adjustments and they've worked with him on some different things. Kind of responded to that. But he's here because there's a need and an opening. Whether he needs some more at-bats remains to be seen. He's here as a possible threat in the meantime off the bench."
Ruf opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He did not swing a bat for about five weeks during his recovery, which is longer than he goes in the offseason without swinging a bat at full strength. He had only 38 plate appearances with the IronPigs before getting called up, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, one home run and one RBI in his last 16 plate appearances.
"Better over the last four, five games I would say," Ruf said, asked how he feels at the plate. "It took a little while to get back into the rhythm of things."
Sandberg optimistic regarding Lee's elbow injury
MIAMI -- Manager Ryne Sandberg remains optimistic Cliff Lee won't need much time on the disabled list.
The Phillies placed him on the DL on Tuesday with a strained left elbow.
"One time he would mention that he felt something, then the next time he wouldn't," Sandberg said. "It really would come and go. His bullpens were solid, no complaints there … and the results were there right to the end. That said, maybe it's on the mild side. Maybe it was caught and a short-term thing. It was something that didn't affect his starts whatsoever. I'm being optimistic."
But even if it's just a two- or three-week DL stint, Lee might have to change a few things to stay healthy.
"He's a little bit old school where he doesn't do a lot of icing or things afterward," Sandberg said. "The last two or three weeks he's done some maintenance things that seemed to help, but other than that, I don't think he's done a lot of that. He has a basic routine. Maybe he has to change his routine a little to take care of himself at this stage of his career."
Defense earns Gwynn another start at center
MIAMI -- Tony Gwynn Jr. earned himself another start in center field after making a nice catch in the fourth inning Tuesday.
"It was a lineup that won," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He made some good defensive plays."
Ben Revere has not appeared in a game since May 14. He missed games Friday and Saturday because of a stomach virus, but was available Sunday and Tuesday. Revere is hitting .268 with a .581 OPS in 36 games. Gwynn is hitting .180 with a .509 OPS, but Sandberg seems enamored with Gwynn's defense.
"Rate him high on the defense," Sandberg said. "He seems to position himself very well. He seems to be at the right place. He does have a good arm. He runs to his spots. He has good instincts in center field."
• The Daily Show's Jon Stewart expressed faux outrage that Sandberg got food poisoning recently at Shake Shack, committing a few minutes to cracking jokes about the Phillies manager and the City of Brotherly Love.
Sandberg said he enjoyed the bit.
"I like the fact he finally admitted he liked cheesesteaks," Sandberg said.
• Left-hander Jake Diekman has allowed six hits, one run, four walks and has struck out 16 in 13 1/3 innings over his last 11 appearances, lowering his ERA from 8.38 to 3.91.
"He's got a lot of confidence right now," Sandberg said. "He's throwing strikes. His breaking ball has been pretty effective. Not really a comfortable, hittable pitch like it was early in the season. Better location with it. The two combined and just hitting his spots and pounding the strike zone and staying out of the middle of the plate."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.