6/1/2014 7:45 P.M. ET
Phils give Utley some needed rest
By Paul Hagen and Erik Bacharach / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- After 10 hours and 55 minutes of baseball the past two games, Chase Utley got a breather on Sunday.
Utley is a .107 (3-for-28) hitter against the Mets' Sunday starter, left-hander Jonathan Niese.
The second baseman has struggled recently. Since May 18, his batting average has dropped 27 points, from .347 to .320. Over his last three games, Utley is 2-for-15 (.133).
Utley last received a day off on April 22.
Manship to DL; Aumont recalled, among roster moves
PHILADELPHIA -- With the Phillies' bullpen stretched thin after back-to-back 14-inning games, the club made a pair of roster moves before Sunday's game against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
Right-hander Phillippe Aumont was recalled, and the contract of left-hander Cesar Jimenez was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Right-hander Jeff Manship, who suffered a strained right quad while trying to beat out an infield grounder in the bottom of the 13th on Saturday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf was optioned to the IronPigs.
Jimenez posted a 1.67 ERA in 19 games, including two starts, for Lehigh Valley. In 27 innings, he allowed 15 hits while striking out 22 and walking seven. Aumont had a 4.12 ERA but hadn't allowed a run in six of his past seven relief appearances.
"It's a work in progress down there," Aumont said. "Every day I was doing drills on the mound. It's all about being on the mound, for me. I think just doing that every day, I think I figured some things out. It's feeling much more comfortable, I'm not saying it's perfect. I feel like I'm getting there."
Both Jimenez and Aumont appeared in Sunday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets. Jiminez worked a scoreless eighth inning, while Aumont was tagged with the loss after surrendering a two-out, two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the 11th.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.