Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was held out of the lineup Saturday night against Atlanta because of a left wrist sprain.
“It's a little sore,'' Ruiz said. ``I was feeling it a bit swinging. Catching is no problem. I feel like I can play that way. Yesterday, after that play, I thought, ‘Oh, I don't think I can do
Paul Bako replaced Ruiz, who first irritated his wrist against Washington earlier this week, for the second straight game.
Ben Francisco, who went 3 for 5 Friday with a solo homer and a double, replaced Victorino in the field and his No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Manuel expects reliever J.C. Romero, on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained left forearm, will need to make a rehab appearance before he can return.
“I think it'll be asking a whole lot,” Manuel said. “I don't
know if he's ready for that. I feel like he's got to go throw to
some hitters somewhere.”