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06/29/10 11:50 PM ET

Phils scouting Yankees-Mariners series

CINCINNATI -- The Phillies are in the market for starting pitching, and they had a scout at Tuesday's game between the Yankees and Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, where Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee was pitching.

The Phillies traded Lee to the Mariners in December following the Roy Halladay trade because they said they needed prospects to replenish the farm system. It is believed the Phillies do not have enough Minor League talent to re-acquire Lee, but they could be covering their bases if they feel they can make a move.

Manuel ejected for arguing balls, strikes

CINCINNATI -- Home-plate umpire CB Bucknor ejected Phillies manager Charlie Manuel in the 10th inning Tuesday of a 9-6 victory over the Reds.

Manuel thought a pitch to Raul Ibanez was low, but Bucknor called it a strike.

"I said quite a bit to CB," Manuel said. "I was screaming at him because he kept saying, 'That ball's not low.' The ball was low. He called some bad ones all night."

Bucknor indicated Manuel touched Bucknor's head with the brim of his cap.

"That's what he said," Manuel said.

Did he?

"I don't know," Manuel said.

Injuries offer Dobbs a return to Phils

CINCINNATI -- Greg Dobbs is back. Not in the way he envisioned, but he is back.

The Phillies selected his contract Tuesday after they placed Chase Utley and Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list. Philadelphia outrighted Dobbs to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week after he had been designated for assignment and cleared waivers.

He was hitting .152 with the Phillies before they outrighted him. He was 2-for-17 in four games with the IronPigs before being brought back.

"It's extremely unfortunate because they're two huge parts of our offense and defense," Dobbs said of Utley and Polanco. "I'm not either one of them. I can only be me."

Dobbs said he thought he was getting into a rhythm at the plate, despite the numbers.

"That's what this game is about, rhythms and ebbs and flows," he said. "I was seeing lefties and righties. I'm recognizing pitches, getting into a good rhythm. Comfortable. More relaxed. Anytime you get even four days' worth of at-bats, it helps."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Dobbs will get a chance to play quite a bit at third base. Dobbs played there in 2007, when he shared time with Abraham Nunez and Wes Helms. He also played there in '08, when he shared some time with Pedro Feliz.

"This is going to be a good chance for him to get playing time," Manuel said. "He proved a couple years ago that he can hit when he gets the chance to play. This opens up the door for him."

Happ allows two runs in fifth rehab start

CINCINNATI -- Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ made a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Happ, who was making his fifth rehab start, allowed two runs on six hits (including one home run) over four innings. He walked four and struck out four in the 100-pitch outing.

Happ must complete his rehab by July 7, which means he could have one more start. The Phillies could have him make another start, or call him up to the big leagues.

Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson struck out two in one inning in a rehab appearance for Class A Clearwater. He is hopeful of rejoining the bullpen before the All-Star break.

With Utley out, Rollins hits third

CINCINNATI -- With Chase Utley going on the disabled list earlier in the day, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had Jimmy Rollins hit third Tuesday.

Rollins had hit third 35 games in his career, but had hit just .247.

"I think Rollins is more suited for the three-hole [than other hitters]," Manuel said.

Taveras released from Triple-A roster

CINCINNATI -- The Phillies have released Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Willy Taveras.

Taveras hit .208 with four doubles, one triple, three RBIs and nine stolen bases in 23 games for the IronPigs.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.