Jimmy Rollins was given a day off for Thursday's series finale against the Reds. Michael Martinez started at shortstop and hit eighth. Left fielder Juan Pierre batted leadoff.
"If I can give him a blow every now and then, I think it will help his hitting," Manuel said. "I think it will make him stronger and things like that. Also, I like the way that Martinez played the other day. He's swinging the bat well in BP and stuff like that. I think Jimmy could use some down time, as far as a day off."
Carlos Ruiz took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday. The All-Star catcher is working his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which landed him on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 3.
"He looked all right," Manuel said of Ruiz's batting practice session on Wednesday. "He's still got to get to a place where he can run and he's also got to be careful when he first starts, too. It is something you can re-do again."
Closer Jonathan Papelbon has recorded saves against each Major League team except for the Reds, against whom the Phillies have four more games this season. If Papelbon notches a save against the Reds, he will become just the 11th player in Major League history to have at least one save against all 30 clubs. Former Phillies closers Jose Mesa and Ugueth Urbina also accomplished the feat.
The Phillies will honor four recent United States gold medal Olympians before Friday's game: Women's soccer players Carli Lloyd, of Delran, N.J., and Heather Mitts, rower Susan Francia (University of Pennsylvania alum) and wrestler Jordan Burroughs, of Sicklerville, N.J.
The Phillies and the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract on Thursday.
"The Phillies couldn't be happier to extend their relationship with both the BlueClaws and the city of Lakewood," Phillies assistant general manager of player personnel Benny Looper said in a press release. "It's been a wonderful 12 years and we look forward to many more."