WASHINGTON -- Kyle Kendrick is in a groove.
The Phillies right-hander is in the middle of a career-best 21 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. That streak spans parts of two starts and seven appearances out of the bullpen.
Though he probably fits better as a starter and admits he wants to get back into the rotation at some point, Kendrick has added stability to a shaky bullpen.
"It's just pitching right now," Kendrick said. "It doesn't matter if it's bullpen or starting. I just feel confident in my stuff, where I'm at and getting ahead, attacking the hitters. I feel good where I'm at right now."
Kendrick (4-8, 4.45 ERA) said the biggest reason for his current success is that he's been getting ahead in counts and keeping the ball down in the zone.
"For me, this is a good time to see him in the bullpen and kind of evaluate how he is and things like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's a right-handed pitcher and we need righties and the fact that he's been pitching really good for us."
Ruiz sits out, may return Thursday
WASHINGTON -- Carlos Ruiz did not start for the second time in the last four games on Wednesday, as manager Charlie Manuel said the All-Star catcher is still battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Erik Kratz started in Ruiz's place and center fielder John Mayberry Jr. moved up to the fifth spot in the batting order.
Ruiz leads the Phillies in batting average (.340), home runs (14) and RBIs (58).
"We'll see if he's ready tomorrow," Manuel said before Wednesday's game against the Nationals. "What he's got is something that on certain days it's worse than others. Matter of fact, I've got it myself. I've had it since last September. It's kinda hard to get rid of, but at the same time, the treatment that you do, some days it's a lot better than others. That's kinda how it goes."
Brown to get regular playing time in outfield
WASHINGTON -- Domonic Brown's name was penciled in as a starter on Charlie Manuel's lineup card for the first time in 2012 on Wednesday.
Brown, who spent parts of the last two seasons with the Phillies, spent most of this season honing his skills with Triple-A Lehigh before he was promoted on Tuesday. Once regarded as the organization's top prospect, Brown is expected to get a lot of playing time over the final 59 games of the season.
On Wednesday, he started in left field and hit out of the six-hole against Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson, the same hurler he made his Major League debut against in July 2010. He went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in that game.
While in the Minor Leagues, Brown played all three outfield positions. Where will he stick in the Phillies' outfield?
"I might try him at all three," Manuel said. "Put him out there and let him play a while and see if he can be comfortable and stuff like that. I might try him at all three, see which one he plays best."
Jimmy Rollins leads all active players with four inside-the-park home runs after hitting one off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 8-0 win over Washington. Dick Allen was the last Philadelphia player to hit that many, recording five from 1964-66.
Reliever Josh Lindblom and outfielder Nate Schierholtz were officially activated on Wednesday. Lindblom will wear No. 43, while Schierholtz will sport No. 22.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.