Manuel fined, suspended for game vs. Bucs
Manager says 'hat bill' grazed umpire Bucknor on Tuesday
PITTSBURGH -- Major League Baseball suspended Phillies manager Charlie Manuel for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park and fined him an undisclosed amount for "aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact" with umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Manuel has been ejected three times in a little more than a week.
"My hat bill kind of nipped him in the forehead," Manuel said. "It wasn't hard. But it grazed him. I remember it hitting him."
Why all the ejections lately?
"I don't like getting thrown out of the game," the manager said. "Let me clear that up. Nothing good comes out of it. Actually, it's my job and I'm here to do it. That's not good. And when you get suspended, that doesn't set a good example. I had no intention of bumping him. I was definitely under self control, I knew what was going on and I definitely didn't have any intention of hitting him with my hat bill."
Bench coach Pete Mackanin managed the Phillies on Thursday.
Ruiz visits concussion specialist
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, who is on the disabled list with a concussion, visited concussion specialist Michael Collins in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
"He's progressing very well, but there are some things that are still concerning on his test," Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said. "So while we're here, we're going to do some things with him. We'll do some exercises and things to challenge Chooch. Things on the field we'll work on the next few days."
Ruiz had one previous concussion in 2004.
"Our goal here is to put him back when he's ready," Sheridan said. "Worst-case scenario is you take a player that has a concussion and he comes back too early. It's not like he's a position player. You know it just as well as I do -- the first day he goes behind the plate, the first pitch is going to be a foul ball right off the mask. It's going to happen. We're going to give him the best chance for him to come back and be successful."
Happ slated for rehab start Sunday
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ, who has not pitched since April because of a strained left forearm, is scheduled to make his sixth rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Happ is 1-1 with a 6.98 ERA in his first five rehab starts.
"I think they want to see a little bit better, I don't know," Happ said.
Happ said he is confident he can return to earlier form once he returns to the rotation.
"As long as I feel good and healthy the way I do now, I feel confident saying that," Happ said.
Injured Phillies relievers rehabbing
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson, who has not pitched since May because of a broken right big toe, is headed to Double-A Reading, where he will continue his rehab assignment Friday.
Madson made two rehab appearances earlier for Class A Clearwater, but threw just nine pitches in his last appearance. The Phillies want him to throw one-plus innings or 30 pitches, whichever comes first.
Madson hopes to rejoin Philadelphia before the All-Star break.
Phillies right-hander Chad Durbin, who is on the DL, continues to rehab his strained right hamstring in Clearwater, Fla. He could begin throwing bullpen sessions and make some rehab appearances in the next seven to 10 days. There is a chance Durbin could be back before the break, but he most likely will return after it.
Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who is on the DL with inflammation in his left elbow, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.