PHILADELPHIA: Mark Reynolds took a big swing in the third inning and grabbed his left arm.
After Indians manager Terry Francona and head trainer Lonnie Soloff checked him out, Reynolds stepped in the box and hit a two-run double.
“I kind of hyper-extended my arm right where the bicep and the elbow come together,” Reynolds explained.
He needed the delay for the pain to wear off.
“I had to get the feeling back in my arm,” he said. “It’s hard to hit when you have a numb arm.”
Reynolds remained in the game until Francona needed to use his spot in the batting order for a relief pitcher. He said he will have no problem playing Friday night, after today’s off day.
NEEDING A REST —The Indians have played 14 games in the past 13 days. After their day off today, they will begin a stretch of 20 games without a break.
“There will be an optional workout tomorrow, and if they show up, they’re going to be optioned out,” Francona said. “They need to get away from the ballpark for a day.”
LINEUP SWITCH — With left-hander Cole Hamels starting for the Phillies, lefty Michael Bourn got the day off and right-handed hitter Drew Stubbs moved from ninth to first in the order for the fifth time this season.
“He’s been swinging the bat good against left-handers [.341],” Francona said of Stubbs. “He also gives us that speed part of the game, especially if it’s a one-run game.”
ONE NOT ENOUGH? — Francona said the idea of hiring two hitting coaches was discussed after he was hired as manager.
“We actually talked about that a little bit,” he said. “They made that rule about having an extra coach, but they announced it pretty late. If we had done it, it would have to be the right fit.”
KUDOS — The Indians selected Lake County left-hander Ryan Merritt as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Week.
Merritt, 21, made two starts last week, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA, including seven scoreless innings against Burlington. For the season, Merritt is 1-3 with a 3.50 ERA in seven starts.
FARM FACTS — Cord Phelps doubled twice and drove in a run, and Tim Fedroff had three hits in Columbus’ 6-5 loss to Syracuse in 14 innings in Class AAA. … Cody Anderson (4-2, 2.74 ERA) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out nine, as Carolina lost 2-1 to Salem in Class A. … Richard Stock had three hits and two RBI, and Jeremy Lucas had a double, single and two RBI, as Lake County lost 7-4 to Lansing in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker