PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Frandsen said he feels much better and is ready to get back in the Phillies' lineup.
They could use him.
Frandsen, who is hitting .341 with one home run and nine RBIs in 129 at-bats, has not started since Sept. 4 because of a stress fracture in his left fibula, although he pinch-hit Sunday. Since Frandsen has been unavailable and with Placido Polanco finishing the season on the disabled list because of a bad back, the Phillies have had no choice but to play Michael Martinez, who entered Tuesday's game hitting .156 with two homers and seven RBIs in 90 at-bats, at third base.
"A couple days have done wonders," Frandsen said. "It feels good. I'm just waiting for whenever."
Frandsen said he does not know if he can play an entire game without the leg bothering him until he gives it a shot, but he is optimistic.
"He's coming along," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think when he hits now, we can try to let him run instead of putting a pinch-runner in for him."
Chooch starts for first time in more than a month
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Ruiz on Tuesday night found himself in the Phillies' lineup for the first time since Aug. 2.
He had been on the disabled list from Aug. 3 through last Friday because of an injured left foot. The Phillies said they plan to bring Ruiz along slowly, and manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz likely would rest Wednesday before potentially returning to the lineup Thursday or Friday.
Ruiz hit an RBI double in his first at-bat on Tuesday.
"We'll see how it goes, first of all," Manuel said. "We'll see how far he can go. ... That's probably my only concern, him running at 100 percent. He's getting close to that."
Ruiz picked up a couple of hits entering in the sixth inning in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Rockies, so it appears he hasn't lost his swing. He entered Tuesday hitting .340 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 315 at-bats.
Phillies reflect, hold 'Patriot Day' tribute on Sept. 11
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. woke up Tuesday and could not help but think about Sept. 11, 2001.
The same for Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee and others.
The Phillies held a "Patriot Day" tribute before and during Tuesday's game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, commemorating the memories of the lives lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The tribute included a state flags presentation, featuring local police and firemen; Christopher Suprun -- who is a paramedic and firefighter and was a first responder to the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 -- throwing out the first ball; police officer Brooks Kranich singing the national anthem; Master Sgt. Lori McCarty singing "America the Beautiful," and Technical Sgt. Jody Johnson singing "God Bless America."
"It's very humbling to be here," said Suprun, who used to live in Virginia before moving to Dallas. "My dad is from South Jersey, so I grew up hearing about Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton. It's a big deal to be here.
"Sept. 11 is always on your mind, I guess. Once you have an event like that, it's our generation's Pearl Harbor or Kennedy assassination. For me, it's a reminder that we overcame that. It was a terrible day. It was awful. But we overcame. Katrina hit, but we overcame. That's part of the reason I'm visiting. Take my message to kids who may not have been alive for 9/11. Look, you can get through it." He gave that same message to his own son Dodge, 9.
Amaro was the Phillies' assistant general manager on Sept. 11. Dubee was the Marlins' pitching coach.
"We were watching in disbelief, literally in disbelief," Amaro recalled. "It was so tragic, so bizarre and so surreal. But I do remember when we came back to play that it was an extraordinarily emotional time. I thought it was great to be a part of Major League Baseball and see what it means to our country and our place in history in terms of starting the healing process."
Dubee recalls driving back to Miami following an off-day, then spending the next few days working out with pitchers at the ballpark while everybody tried to figure out what was going on and when play would resume.
"It was real weird," Dubee said. "It's something you don't envision, that's for sure."
Left-hander Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.19 ERA in 22 appearances) has not pitched since Sept. 2, but he is healthy. It simply has been a matter of circumstance. Horst is one of the few relievers in the bullpen that can give the Phillies a few innings, so they have held him back on a couple of occasions with the possibility of extra innings.
Right-hander Tyler Cloyd will pitch on short rest Thursday in Houston. He could throw around 80-85 pitches, although that number could increase based on the game.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.