Out since April 13 with a strained right calf, the Phillies activate their shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, when they open a short set with Pittsburgh.
Notes: In order to clear room on the 25-man roster, Wilson Valdez was designated for assignment. The 31-year-old infielder was hitting .235 and must clear waivers in order to be reassigned to the minor leagues. Meanwhile, Rollins, who was injured in pregame warm-ups before the Phillies’ home opener on April 12, will try to resume the red-hot start to his season. In his first seven games, he was hitting .391 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and seven walks in 30 plate appearances. Rollins will not be reinserted into the lead-off spot just yet. He'll bat third as Chase Utley sits with flu-like symptoms, according to reports. Greg Dobbs mans third and bats seventh while Placido Polanco slides over to second. The Phillies also welcome catcher Carlos Ruiz back into the lineup. Chooch, who is off to a hot start of his own, has been sidelined with a sprained knee ligament suffered May 15 in Colorado. They'll face 1-6 right-hander Charlie Morton (9.19), opposed by improving right-hander Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.89).
The Phillies bring a league-best 23-13 mark into the game and lead the NL East by four games over the Marlins and Nationals. The third-place Pirates (16-25) trail the Reds by five games in the NL Central.