All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz was back in the lineup on Thursday. Ruiz was held out on Wednesday, as he is battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. It's something Ruiz could have to play through the rest of the season.
"He's feeling good enough to play today," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Some days are better than others.
Michael Martinez started in center field on Thursday for the first time this season. Martinez, who was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, normally sees action as an infielder but played in 10 games at center field last season. He also played some center field for Lehigh Valley this season.
He said before Thursday's game that he feels comfortable in center field and was excited to be in the lineup.
Reliever Raul Valdes could be close to returning to the Phillies. The left-hander has started throwing on flat ground, according to manager Charlie Manuel. Valdes (2-2, 3.08 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip strain on July 13.
Tommy Joseph, the key piece the Phillies received from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade, made his organization debut on Wednesday night with Double-A Reading. The catching prospect went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Right-hander Ethan Martin, part of the return from the Shane Victorino deal with the Dodgers, will make his organization debut on Friday night, when he starts for Reading.
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz became the first player to homer in his Phillies debut since former Philadelphia catcher Dane Sardinha on June 24, 2010. Schierholtz was acquired in the Pence trade.