5/24/2014 12:05 A.M. ET
Hernandez debuts at third, Ruf starts in left field
By Todd Zolecki and Austin Laymance / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Cesar Hernandez made his first start at third base in the Majors on Friday, while left fielder Darin Ruf started his first game of the season as Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg stacked the lineup with right-handed hitters against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
The Phillies started experimenting with Hernandez at third base in Spring Training. He primarily played third with Double-A Reading before being called up on May 13, but he was charged with eight errors in 18 games. Still, Sandberg said he was "confident" with Hernandez's defense at the hot corner.
"Plus, I want to see him there," Sandberg said. "It'll be good for him to get time out there, also his ability with the right-handed bat could play big tonight in the game. I'm anxious to see him over there."
While Hernandez is unlikely to challenge Cody Asche for the starting role at third, Ruf could see more time in left field moving forward if Domonic Brown continues to struggle offensively.
Ruf was competing for a job on the bench in Spring Training before being sidelined with a strained left oblique. He was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Sandberg said Ruf's role would mainly be as a pinch-hitter or a spot starter against left-handers. But the manager did not rule out going to a platoon situation in left field.
"I think anything is possible," Sandberg said. "Like I said, he has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark, he has the ability to drive the ball from the right side, and that could be a good complement to the team. Seeing where he is with his at-bats leading up until now, he came up here in a need situation, so we're going to take a look at him tonight and evaluate him, and see where he's at right now."
Revere in Phils' three-way center-field rotation
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Ben Revere has started just once since May 14, but manager Ryne Sandberg said on Friday that it doesn't necessarily mean he will continue to rotate Revere, John Mayberry Jr. and Tony Gwynn Jr. in center field on a long-term basis.
"Little bit of matchups as of late," Sandberg said. "But it doesn't have to be the case."
Revere missed a couple of games late last week because of a stomach virus, but he has been available to play since Sunday against the Reds. Mayberry, who hits right-handed, started in center on Friday against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.
But Revere's production must improve. He is hitting .266 with two triples, five RBIs and a .575 OPS, which ranks 167th out of 173 qualifying hitters in baseball.
"His speed is his biggest asset," Sandberg said. "He can hit a fastball. When he gets on base, he can really make things happen. He's a valuable guy whether he's in the lineup that day or coming off the bench, regardless."
Phillies first-base coach Samuel ejected in 5th
PHILADELPHIA -- First-base umpire Seth Buckminster ejected Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel in the bottom of the fifth inning in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.
It appeared Samuel was disputing Yasiel Puig's two-out infield single in the top of the frame. Manager Ryne Sandberg initially went out after the hit to argue that Puig fouled the ball off his foot. After a brief discussion, the umpires ruled it was a single.
"I think it was just extensive arguing," Sandberg said. "I think it was whether [Cesar Hernandez] went or not on the bunt [leading off the Phillies' fifth]."
With Puig on first, Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez retired Adrian Gonzalez on a fly ball to left to end the inning with the Dodgers holding a 2-0 lead at Citizens Bank Park. The game was halted by rain in the fourth inning and resumed after a 43-minute delay.
Assistant hitting coach John Mizerock replaced Samuel as first-base coach.
• The Phillies' bench has been one of the least productive in baseball with its pinch-hitters posting a .486 OPS, which ranked 26th out of 30 teams entering Friday's action. Sandberg indicated it has been productive.
"We've had some hits," the skipper said. "We've had some hits off the bench. A guy that could pop one or drive one out of the ballpark, that's a whole other component. It could be there."
• Twenty-three years ago on Friday, Tommy Greene threw the eighth no-hitter in Phillies history. Greene walked seven Expos, struck out 10 and threw 130 pitches in front of an announced crowd of 8,833 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.