Schneider suffers same injury as Utley
Catcher's thumb sprain isn't as severe, won't need DL trip
PITTSBURGH -- It could have been worse, but Phillies catcher Brian Schneider still had his left thumb in a splint Friday at PNC Park.
He has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb. It is the same injury as Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, but not nearly as severe. Schneider said he will not be placed on the 15-day disabled list, which must be a relief to the Phillies.
But Schneider, who injured the thumb Thursday against the Pirates, said he probably will not play the next couple days. He said he is available in an emergency situation.
"Just be available if needed," he said. "Then just hope it gets better in the next couple days and go from there."
Schneider's absence leaves Dane Sardinha as the roster's only healthy catcher. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is on the DL with a concussion.
Rollins hits leadoff while Victorino rests
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gave Shane Victorino the night off Friday, which put Jimmy Rollins back in the leadoff spot.
Raul Ibanez hit second, and Jayson Werth hit third.
"I wanted to give Victorino a blow, get him away from the left side of the plate," Manuel said. "He's kind of pulling off the ball and not picking it up. He'll be back there tomorrow."
Manuel said he could hit Rollins or Werth third while Chase Utley is out for eight weeks after thumb surgery Thursday. Manuel put Ibanez in the No. 2 spot Friday, because he said he wanted more balance in the lineup.
Manuel won't tip hand on All-Star starter
PITTSBURGH -- Major League Baseball announces its American League and National League All-Star rosters Sunday, which means Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is in the final stages of naming his team.
Manuel will name eight reserves, plus five players for a final online vote at MLB.com.
"I don't put nothing ahead of our team," Manuel said. "Winning tonight's game is my first priority. But the All-Star Game is an honor. We definitely want to make sure we come as close as possible to getting the right people there."
Manuel isn't tipping his hand. Asked whether he might name Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay as the National League's starting pitcher, he said, "We've got some good guys out there, man. That's a big choice. We've got some good starters. When I look at our pitching, I like the National League's pitching. We've got some guys having big years."
Madson pitches two innings in rehab game
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson, who has been on the disabled list since May with a broken right big toe, made a rehab appearance Friday night with Double-A Reading.
He allowed two hits and struck out one in two innings.
The Phillies are hopeful Madson can rejoin the bullpen before the All-Star break.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.