Third baseman Placido Polanco is not in the lineup tonight for the Phillies against Brett Myers and the Houston Astros.

Manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that the night off is because of some soreness in Polanco's elbow, but said it was not a big deal.

Polanco took batting practice with the rest of the team.

Wilson Valdez will play third and hit eighth.

Here is the lineup:

1. Rollins SS

2. Victorino CF

3. Utley 2B

4. Howard 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Ibanez LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Valdez 3B

9. Blanton P


Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter has been added to the Phillies' player development staff as a minor league pitching consultant, the team announced.

"Over the next several weeks, Bruce is going to help us evaluate our pitching staffs at Lehigh Valley and Reading," Chuck LaMar, the assistant general manager, player development & scouting, said in a statement. "Having someone with his expertise who can help us with our prospects is outstanding."

Sutter is scheduled to work with the Phillies through the end of the regular minor league season.

Over a 12-year career (1976-87; 1988) with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, Sutter went 68-71 with 300 saves and a 2.83 ERA in 661 games, all in relief. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 1979, one of his five seasons leading the NL in saves. Sutter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.