Embracing the designated hitter isn’t the only adjustment former Phillies creature of habit Pat Burrell has been forced to make.
When the Phillies travel to Tampa this week, they’ll be reunited with a former teammate whose career has careened wildly off course since riding down Broad Street nearly eight months ago. Sidelined for 29 games with a strained neck, and hitting just .240/.351/.296 with one homer in 146 plate appearances, the struggling slugger was thrust into two unfamiliar roles upon his return from the disabled list. On June 14 against Washington, manager Joe Maddon slotted him second in the Rays’ lineup, behind B.J. Upton and ahead of Evan Longoria, marking the first time in his career he’s started a game out of the No. 2 hole. Then on June 18 in Colorado, Maddon got him onto the field for the first time all season ... starting him in right, the first position he’s played other than left field or DH since 2000.
Beltran to DL? According to early reports, the Mets have lost another key player to the disabled list as Carlos Beltran becomes the latest to fall. So here's tonight's lineup, according to reports: Cora, Murphy, Wright, Tatis, Church, Santos, Reed, Castillo, Redding.