After the Phillies' 4-3 loss to the Mets on Friday, Charlie Manuel got testy with a reporter after his bats left 10 men on base and failed to score a run after the second inning.
"Stop thinking about that -- 'Is the rest of the lineup gonna be fine?'" Manuel snapped at Eskin. "Do I know if the rest of the lineup is gonna be fine? If I knew that, don't you think I'd do something about it? Does anybody else know that, Howard? Do you know it? I don't think so. I know you don't as a matter of fact. Who does know it?"
The exchange, which is written about in full at CSNPhilly.com, ended with Manuel threatening Eskin.
"When you gonna score 10 runs?" Eskin said, to which Manuel responded, "When I knock you out, that's when."
The manager seems to have reached a boiling point that many in the Phillies' fan base have already been at for some time. The Phillies are 12th in the league in runs per game (3.68) and have scored just three runs or less 40 times already this season.
Adams to DL, Ramirez promoted
The Phillies have placed Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list with bicep tendonitis and have called up J.C. Ramirez to replace him.
Adams pitched in 11 games since coming off his first DL stint (right back strain) on May 26. In those games, the right-hander allowed six runs, nine hits and five walks in 10 innings while striking out only four. He gave up a run in six of those outings.
Ramirez, who will be available Saturday against the Mets, should make his major-league debut soon. The 24-year-old, acquired from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee deal in 2009, hasn't exactly excelled in the minors. He sports a 6.53 ERA this year for Triple A Lehigh Valley, and he's given up 40 hits and 19 walks (1.95 WHIP) in 30.1 innings.
To make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster, Michael Martinez was designated for assignment. The Mini-Mart project -- which has seen him hit .186/.238/.268 since 2011 with the big club -- may finally be over.
Tonight, Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40 ERA) will take the mound, opposed by the Mets' Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.56). Gee is 2-3 with a 7.49 career ERA vs. the Phillies, and that ERA skyrockets to 10.71 at Citizens Bank Park.
Here are the lineups:
1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Chase Utley, 2B
3) Michael Young, 3B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) John Mayberry Jr., RF
7) Ben Revere, CF
8) Carlos Ruiz, C
9) Jonathan Pettibone, P
1) Eric Young Jr., CF
2) Jordany Valdespin, 2B
3) David Wright, 3B
4) Marlon Byrd, RF
5) Daniel Murphy, 1B
6) John Buck, C
7) Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
8) Omar Quintanilla, SS
9) Dillon Gee, P