Jim Thome is strictly a pinch-hitter with the Phillies, who are returning to their National League schedule. Asked if he received calls from American League teams following Thome's impressive nine games as the Phillies' designated hitter, general manager Ruben Amaro said, "I may very well have. ... In some ways it's a little bit of a disservice to have him just sit there and be a pinch-hitter."
The Phillies introduced three top Draft picks before Tuesday's game: right-hander Shane Watson (40th overall), right-hander Mitch Gueller (54th overall) and outfielder Andrew Pullin (188th overall).
Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider hosted 50 children from the Anna Sample Complex and Eleanor Corbett House as part of the Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program. The children received roundtrip transportation to the game, met the players, and received tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. The Anna Sample Complex is a transitional housing program that serves homeless families and focuses on assisting women to become self-sufficient. The Eleanor Corbett House is a facility that houses families and individuals. Workshops, tutoring, special events, transportation and supportive services are provided.
The Phillies optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Tuesday's game. A corresponding move will be made on Wednesday.