• Brian Schneider might not return to the Phillies before the end of the season. The backup catcher continues to rehab his strained left hamstring and injured right ankle, and assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said his situation may be similar to that of Placido Polanco, who was shut down for the rest of the year on Friday.
Schneider had been rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., but recently returned home, as his wife gave birth to a baby girl, Haven Suzanne, on Thursday.
• Ryan Howard was given his first day off in more than a month for Friday's series opener against the Rockies. Manager Charlie Manuel said Howard would be back in the lineup on Saturday. Ty Wigginton started at first base and batted fourth on Friday.
"I noticed the last couple days [Howard] was a little bit tired and he was sore," Manuel said. "I wanted to get him off his feet."
• Kevin Frandsen was scratched from Friday's lineup with left ankle soreness. Michael Martinez started at third base in his place.
• Friday marked the start of a 13-game stretch in which the Phillies play clubs with records worse than theirs.
• With the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate's season over, IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Rod Nichols joined the big league staff on Friday. They will stay through the remainder of the season.
• Philadelphia farmhand Colin Kleven was named the club's first recipient of the Minor League Community Service Award on Friday. Kleven, who pitched for Class A Lakewood this year, performed 12 hours of community service in Lakewood, N.J., the most of any Phillies Minor Leaguer in 2012.