Catcher Mike Lieberthal has been sidelined with a bruised hip since June 5. He returns to the lineup this afternoon in Game 2 of the Phillies’ series with San Francisco.
The Phils dropped Game 1 of this series 5-3 last night. With the game tied and the bases loaded in the sixth, Chase Utley booted a potential double play ball, allowing two runs to score. With the loss, the Phils fell to 5.5 games back in the Wild Card race.
Lieberthal is 21 games away from passing Red Dooin’s all-time Phillies record for games by a catcher. The son-to-be free agent has been the subject of some new trade rumors involving the Colorado Rockies. Lieby will bat eighth this afternoon.
In his 13-year career with the Phils, Lieberthal is a .274 hitter, with 141 home runs and a .446 career slugging percentage. His best season was 1999, when he hit .300/.363/.551 with 31 homers and 96 RBIs.
Cory Lidle (5-7, 4.95 ERA), the subject of even more trade speculation, gets the ball for the Phils, looking to follow up on a strong outing against Pittsburgh. He’ll face Noah Lowry (4-5, 4.08 ERA), who’s 2-0 with a 3.87 ERA in his last four starts.