Gordon was placed on the disabled list May 4 (retroactive to May 2) with a right rotator cuff strain. He is currently working out at the Phillies Clearwater, Fla., Minor League complex.
Nunez producing: Phils manager Charlie Manuel opted to use Abraham Nunez in the starting lineup again on Monday night against the Diamondbacks. Nunez has gone .366 (26-for-71) since April 28, when he went 2-for-4 in an 11-5 Phillies loss to Florida. Prior to that game, he had been off to a rather slow start, hitting .125 (3-for-24). He's also been playing well at third base, where he's started 25 games this season to Wes Helms' 23 starts at third."Guys produce, they play," Manuel said about Nunez. "He's getting the job done. I like competition among players. The more competition, I think, the better you produce. We're not using Nunez every game, but he prepares to play for us every day. The last few years, he's been hitting the ball harder and better for average." Utley hot: Looks like Chase Utley took in what Phils Manuel told the club, when the Phils skipper addressed the team in Cincinnati, during a time when the Phillies were struggling at 4-11. After the chat, the Phillies have gone 22-13.
Falling right in line is Utley. Over those last 35 games, he has gone on a torrid pace. Since April 20, Utley is hitting .328 (45-for-137), with 13 doubles, a triple and seven homers. He's also knocked in 35 runs and scored 28 runs.Utley leads National League second baseman in doubles (21), RBIs (41), slugging percentage (.545) and total bases (106). He's tied for the NL lead among second baseman in homers (9) and second in hits (57) and average (.291). Coming up: Jon Lieber will go for the Phils in the second game of this six-game homestand on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Lieber will face Diamondbacks right-hander Micah Owings.
Lieber is 2-2 this season with a 3.45 ERA, but is 6-7 with a 3.41 ERA lifetime against Arizona. Lieber was knocked around in his last start, giving up four runs in five innings in a 5-4 loss to Florida on Thursday.
Owings is coming off the best start of his brief Major League career on Thursday, when he threw a complete-game victory in a 9-1 win over Houston. Owings' nine-hit, eight-strikeout performance enabled his ERA to plummet from 23.62 to 4.10.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.