Mum on future, Werth focused on present
Right fielder wants to help Phils win another championship
PHILADEPLHIA -- Jayson Werth offered no clues about his future Monday at Citizens Bank Park, but he said he is comfortable after choosing Scott Boras as his new agent.
The Phillies are happy to hear that.
"I think for Jayson's sake, I'm glad he got it resolved," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Now more than anything else, he can just concentrate on playing baseball and trying to get us to the playoffs."
Werth, who recently left agent Jeff Borris of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, is expected to be one of the top two free-agent outfielders on the market. Carl Crawford is the other. Boras is known as the most powerful agent in the business, and he certainly will be looking for top dollar.
"Do you?" said Werth, asked if he thinks he will be back with the Phillies in 2011. "I have no idea. I'm worried about the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies and winning this division and winning another World Series. That's as far as it goes."
Boras could not be reached for comment, but he told CSNPhilly.com that Werth "is a franchise player on a championship team."
Jason Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Mets last winter. Werth figures to seek at least that, which would minimize his chances of returning to Philadelphia. Amaro reiterated Monday the Phillies cannot have a roster full of $15 million-a-year players. They already have more than $145 million committed to 16 players next season, which would make Werth's chances of returning look remarkably slim, regardless of the agent.
"We would love to bring him back," Amaro said. "But our focus right now is not on Jayson Werth's contract."
Sure they would love to have him back. But is it realistic?
"We're not sure," Amaro said. "I'd like to think it is, but decisions like this will be made at the appropriate time."
The Phillies could have Domonic Brown be their right fielder next season, although Amaro said that is not a guarantee. Ben Francisco and Ross Gload are back next year. They could share time. They also could pursue a less expensive free agent or acquire an outfielder in a trade.
Blanton, Hamels, Halladay to face Mets
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay will pitch this weekend against the Mets.
It allows Philadelphia to pitch Hamels, Halladay and Roy Oswalt the final weekend of the season in a three-game series against Atlanta at Turner Field, if needed.
Dubee only confirmed the rotation through the weekend, but the Phils could have Oswalt open their three-game series against the Nationals at Nationals Park on Sept. 27. Kyle Kendrick would pitch on nine days of rest Sept. 28 and Blanton would pitch the series finale on normal rest Sept. 29. Hamels would pitch with five days of rest Oct. 1 against the Braves. Halladay and Oswalt, who also would be pitching on five days of rest, would pitch Oct. 2 and 3 to finish the season.
If the Phils clinch the National League East before the series in Atlanta, they could rest the Big Three in preparation for the NL Division Series.
Manuel offers take on facing Braves rookie
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he learned sometime after 3 p.m. ET the Braves had scratched Jair Jurrjens from his scheduled start Monday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Rookie Brandon Beachy, making his big league debut, took his place.
Asked if he had a scouting report on Beachy, Manuel said, "He's 6-3, 215 [pounds]."
Manuel said Beachy pitched once this season against Triple-A Lehigh Valley, so they have people in the organization who have seen him.
"We ain't got no excuse," Manuel said. "You've got to throw it over the plate."
Rollins not ready to return to lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins still is not ready to rejoin the lineup.
Rollins has not played since Sept. 8 because of a strained right hamstring. He has been taking batting and fielding practice and has been jogging on the field, although Manuel said Rollins has not tried to run at full speed.
The Phils have 12 games to play, so there is not much time for Rollins to get back on the field and get his swing right before the postseason.
"He'd probably need to see some live pitching somewhere, unless we hold a simulated game for him," manager Charlie Manuel said.
There is a chance he could head to Clearwater, Fla., for the Florida Instructional League.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.