6/28/2014 11:53 P.M. ET
McCarthy basks in afterglow of 'The Catch'
By Todd Zolecki and Austin Laymance / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Just in case somebody decided to hit a baseball to one of the deepest parts of Citizens Bank Park on Friday, Tom McCarthy had his Wilson A2800 first baseman's mitt on the table in front of him.
McCarthy and fellow Phillies broadcasters Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer broadcast the game from center field, in the last row of seats, just to the left of the 409-foot sign. Balls rarely travel that far. But when they do, they are crushed.
Just three batters into the game, during the atypical broadcast from outside the press box, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman ripped a first-pitch cutter from Kyle Kendrick directly toward McCarthy, Moyer and Stairs.
McCarthy had a few things running through his mind as the ball sailed toward him: Call the action, get the glove onto his left hand and catch the ball.
He made a one-handed catch.
"The fact that it actually came into our neighborhood is just the most remarkable thing in the world," McCarthy said before Saturday's doubleheader against the Braves. "You could see when it left the bat that it was heading out to [our] area, but we didn't think it was going to go into the area. That was the part that was remarkable. But my goal was to call the play more than anything else."
McCarthy's call: "That one is smoked. Deep to center field, out toward our vantage point ..."
Stairs blurted: "Tom! Get it, Tom!"
McCarthy caught the ball and the broadcasters reacted as anybody would if they were broadcasting a rare game from center field and just three batters into the game one of them caught a ball. They raised their arms and yelled.
"It was funny," McCarthy said of his partners' reactions.
"I heard the reaction and I noticed both of them physically react, too -- and everybody around us. We had camera operators there. We had our stage manager there. The fact that our camera operators were able to follow it the way they did was pretty funny."
Moyer then urged McCarthy to throw the ball back onto the field. McCarthy was reluctant.
"I didn't want to, because I think it's silly to do it. But I was pressured," McCarthy said. "If the elder statesman wants you to do it, you've got to do it."
McCarthy's catch was replayed repeatedly on local and national sports highlight shows. His parents called him on Saturday morning to tell him they saw it on Good Morning America. McCarthy said he received a remarkable amount of text messages -- including ones from Shane Victorino, Keith Hernandez and Mike Schmidt.
Schmidt broadcasts Sunday home games with McCarthy.
"Schmidt said we'll break down the way I did it, the fact I didn't use two hands, the fact I didn't look the ball into the glove, that kind of thing," McCarthy said.
McCarthy's broadcasting colleagues, including radio broadcasters Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke, have been giving McCarthy a good-natured hard time about the catch. Andersen said it wasn't a clean catch because it came close to the heel of the glove.
"It was a little higher than the heel, but there's not much of a pocket left," McCarthy said. "It's so old. It's 31 years old. I bought it when I was in the eighth grade. I made the money myself to buy it for $105. It is my favorite glove of all time. I've had it forever. I've re-strung it myself. I've done everything [to it]. ... I wouldn't have caught it if I didn't have my glove. I would've broken my hand."
Instead, McCarthy had one of the coolest moments of the season -- considering the rarity of the broadcast in center field, the ball reaching them just three batters into the game and the almost nonchalant one-handed catch.
No timetable for Ruiz's return to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, but there is no timetable for his return.
"Not at all," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, when asked if he received any indication about the severity of Ruiz's concussion.
Ruiz got hit on the side of his batting helmet during a plate appearance in Thursday's 5-3 victory over Miami. He was placed on the DL on Friday.
"He'll be evaluated daily," Sandberg said. "He was just taking it easy [on Saturday]."
Phils outright Cedeno to make room for O'Sullivan
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies outrighted infielder Ronny Cedeno to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Braves. In a corresponding roster move, the club selected the contract of right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, the starting pitcher for Game 2.
The Phillies then optioned right-hander Luis Garcia following Game 2. He had been the team's 26th man for the doubleheader. A rule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows clubs a 26-man roster for day-night doubleheaders that are scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
The Phillies will play with a four-man bench Sunday and going forward, unless they make a move beforehand. Cedeno started at shortstop in Game 1, only his second start this season. The veteran appeared in seven games with the Phillies and went hitless in nine at-bats after being promoted from Lehigh Valley on June 6.
O'Sullivan had a 4.31 ERA over 15 starts with Lehigh Valley this season. He allowed eight hits, four runs and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings in the 5-1 loss to the Braves in Game 2.
Adams hoping to continue rehab in Florida
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Mike Adams said this week he hoped to be in Clearwater, Fla., by the weekend to continue his rehab from inflammation in his right rotator cuff.
Adams saw Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti later in the week, but he has not been cleared to begin his throwing program. He said he will see Ciccotti again early next week.
Adams said he feels much better, but there was one extreme position the doctor moved his shoulder into where he felt something. He said they should wait and try it again in a few days.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Zo Zone. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.