ST. LOUIS -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is hoping his bullpen can get a little bit of rest.
In two wins during the four-game series in St. Louis entering Saturday, Manuel's bullpen has been called on more than the manager would like. Starter Joe Blanton lasted just 4 1/3 innings on Thursday, and five different hurlers were used in relief. Four pitchers were used out of the bullpen in a 4-3 win in extra innings on Friday night.
"Our bullpen's had some work," Manuel said Saturday afternoon.
Manuel said after the victory on Friday that he wanted to give both setup man Antonio Bastardo and reliever Chad Qualls the night off, which he was able to do. Bastardo and Qualls each threw on Thursday, with Bastardo throwing 27 pitches over an inning, and Qualls throwing 20 in 1 2/3 innings. Manuel said that both Bastardo and Qualls were available on Saturday.
"We got to stay away from Bastardo," Manuel said. "That was good. He's been getting up and also getting out."
Both Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes pitched on Thursday and Friday. Diekman tossed one-third of an inning in each, while Valdes picked up the win in each game. Valdes went two-thirds of an inning on Thursday, and a threw a scoreless ninth inning on Friday.
Ruiz out night after collision, says he's OK
ST. LOUIS -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Ruiz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the decision had nothing to do with Ruiz's condition after he endured a hard collision with St. Louis' Yadier Molina during a play at the plate on Friday night.
Ruiz said on Saturday afternoon that "everything feels good" after the collision. Molina went shoulder first into Ruiz while attempting to go from first to home on a double by Matt Adams in the eighth inning of a 5-3 Phillies victory. Ruiz held onto the ball and kept the game tied at 3.
Manuel had said before the game on Friday that he was thinking about resting Ruiz on either Saturday or Sunday. Ruiz, whose .362 average entering Saturday's game is the fifth highest in the Majors, wasn't going to argue with the decision.
"[Charlie]'s the boss," Ruiz said on Saturday. "I'm ready if he needs me."
Brian Schneider was behind the plate and hit eighth for the Phillies on Saturday. Schneider is hitting .289 with a home run and four RBIs in 14 games this year.
Freddy Galvis was tied with Seattle's Jesus Montero for most RBIs among rookies entering Saturday. Both have knocked in 22 runs. Galvis is also in the top 10 among National League rookies in batting average (.250), doubles (12) and hits (38).
Placido Polanco hit second on Saturday. Manuel had moved him down to seventh in the lineup on Friday to add more balance to the lineup. Polanco has been in the two-hole 27 times this year, more than any other spot in the lineup.
Mike Still is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.