ST. LOUIS -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it was good for his bullpen to get some rest during Kyle Kendrick's first career shutout against the Cardinals on Saturday night. Catcher Brian Schneider said it, too. And yes, the Philadelphia relievers were also happy to have the night off.
"Anytime we can get a night off down there and get everybody to get a little rest in for their arms ... we've been throwing quite a few innings," right-hander Chad Qualls said. "It was definitely nice to watch [Kendrick] go out there and take all nine. Any rest is well rest for us."
Qualls has made 10 appearances in May entering Sunday, including going a season-long 1 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday. He also said it was important for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who leads the National League with 14 saves, to finish the night in the bullpen.
While both Qualls and rookie reliever Jake Diekman, who's made six appearances since getting called up from Triple-A on May 9, said they feel good physically, Qualls recognizes the need to give their bodies some time off.
"We're only about 50 games into it, so we still have over 100 games left. It's just kind of pace yourself, go about your business and try to stay consistent all year," Qualls said.