Brian Schneider and Pete Orr replace struggling regulars Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez tonight when the Phillies play the second of three against the D-Backs. Right-handers Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) and Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92) have the ball.
Before the game, the Phillies offered several key injury updates. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed Jose Contreras' elbow injury to be a Grade 1 strain. CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury reports that the interim closer will be shut down 10 days with a three-to-four-week timetable for a return. ... In other news, second-base prospect Harold Garcia, a member of the 40-man roster and starter in Reading, will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear, as reported by Matt Gelb of the Inquirer. Garcia broke the Florida State League record with a 37-game hitting streak last season. The 24-year-old Venezuelan was hitting .300/.327/.807 with a pair of homers in 52 plate appearances for Double-A Reading. Tough setback for a hard-working and fast-rising young prospect. ... In happier news, Domonic Brown is set to begin a rehab assignment in Clearwater. The Phillies' top prospect is expected to make a full recovery from hamate bone surgery, but has missed significant, regular playing time, dating back to late last season when he sat on the Phillies' bench. According to reports, he's making very good progress, but may not make it back with the big club for some time.
Tonight's lineup: Victorino, Polanco, Rollins, Howard, Francisco, Ibanez, Orr, Schneider. Schneider has two hits on the season, both home runs. Oswalt lasted six innings his last start, piling up pitches due to some long at bats by the Padres.