PHOENIX — Earlier Tuesday, the Phillies released an ominous statement from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that Hunter Pence would undergo a "precautionary" MRI on his injured left shoulder.
Well, Pence is slotted fourth in Charlie Manuel's lineup and playing right field.
So much for that.
Manuel is using his 14th lineup in 18 games. Here's what it looks like:
1. Juan Pierre 7
2. Pete Orr 4
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Ty Wigginton 5
7. Laynce Nix 3
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Vance Worley 1
The Phillies are facing righthander Josh Collmenter, who sports a 10.22 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. He's allowed at least four runs in each of his three starts this season.
Also, remember Joe Paterson, the guy who allowed five runs to the Phillies in Monday's ninth inning? Well he was sent to triple A on Tuesday. Replacing him in the Arizona bullpen is old friend Mike Zagurski.