Carlos Ruiz (wrist) and Shane Victorino (bad batch of poi) are out of the lineup tonight when Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.87) and the Phillies play the second of three against Javier Vazquez (13-9, 3.01) and the Braves.
Speaking of Martino's update, he buried the lead further down the report. Get a load of this: "Charlie Manuel has strongly hinted that if Eyre and Romero are not able to return and pitch effectively, Happ would be sent to the bullpen for the playoffs." I'd agree at the moment, but let's just see how Pedro finishes up after throwing a ton of pitches these last couple starts.
Following a 3-for-5 night with a homer, Ben Francisco returns to the lineup tonight and bats second. To be frank, I'm not disappointed to see Vic get a few days off; I haven't been in love with the way he's been swinging the bat lately. On the other hand, Chooch must be frustrated to ride the pine in the midst of one of his best stretches ever. The Phils will have their work cut out for them against Vazquez, who has been an incredibly solid acquisition by the Bravos.