But the diminutive speedster was hitting .204 with a .471 OPS that ranked ahead of only Adam LaRoche among qualified batters in the National League. On top of that, he had jammed a finger sliding into second base during the third inning of the Phillies' 6-0 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. So when Charlie Manuel posted his lineup, John Mayberry Jr. was starting in centerfield for the fourth time in six games. "Mayberry's been playing good," Manuel said. "[Revere's] finger, it definitely made it easier to put Mayberry in there, of course." Revere said he was hopeful he would be in the lineup tonight, but the sense before last night's game was that centerfield will be a night-by-night proposition for the foreseeable future. Manuel said he plans to mix in Mayberry there and in the corner outfield spots, where Domonic Brown and Delmon Young started last night. While Revere has played Gold Glove-caliber centerfield, he has been a huge liability at the plate, where he had grounded into five doubleplays and walked five times. He started both the Phillies' losses in Cleveland after a four-game stint on the bench. He reached base twice on Wednesday, but also bunted into a forceout that eliminated a leadoff baserunner at second base. "Just take it one game at a time, that's all you can do," Revere said. "It's early. Don't put too much pressure. I know I can hit. I just can't put too much pressure on myself." Ruiz sits Kyle Kendrick entered last night with a 2.41 ERA and solid averages in strikeouts (6.4 per nine innings), walks (2.1 per nine) and home runs (0.8 per nine) in five starts, all of which featured Erik Kratz behind the plate. But Manuel said his decision to give Carlos Ruiz the night off had more to do with the fact that the regular catcher had not played more than three consecutive games during his rehab assignment that preceded his activation from the restricted list. Before that, Ruiz served a 25-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball's banned stimulant policy.
Ben Revere remains seated
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