Photographs of last year's most exuberant moments adorn the walls of the Phillies' clubhouse. A panoramic of the post-championship pileup hangs in the hallway between the locker room and dugout, and framed shots of Brad Lidge falling to his knees, Cole Hamels receiving his MVP trophy, and many other memories decorate Charlie Manuel's office.

But the manager is growing concerned that the omnipresent specter of the World Series is causing some of his players to forget the mind-set that led to their victory.

"We've got some very professional players. We've got some players that love the game just like they always did. But now we've also got some guys who, I think . . . they need to kind of look back and think how we got there and what we did to be a winning team," Manuel said before last's night game against San Diego was postponed due to rain.

"And I think that sometimes you can do things that get away from the fact that the game is the first priority, and winning the game is the first priority."

The manager refused to identify the players whose behavior has troubled him or name their specific actions. During a discussion that lasted more than 10 minutes, however, he made clear his belief that the Phillies' 5-6 record is partly a result of championship hangover.

"I've seen some difference in guys," he said. "Yeah, I've seen some difference in the way some guys go about their business. I see some difference in how they act."

Hamels told The Inquirer yesterday that post-World Series distractions that stretched into January affected his preparation for this season. Manuel did not single out Hamels, who struggled in his first two starts.

Manuel's managerial philosophy is derived in part from his time playing in Japan. He believes that daily focus and professionalism lead to ultimate success.

"I like the Japanese way of playing. When you're doing good, they work you harder," he said. "For us to compete and for us to win again, we've got to be able to do the same thing we did last year, and that's coming to the ballpark ready to play on that day, ready to play in that moment. As good as we were at the end of last year, and as good as we played, that should have told our players how good they are, and we want to keep all those things."

Manuel has not yet discussed his feelings with the players, but said that "it's not something I'm afraid to approach."

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins said that he would also speak up if necessary but made clear that in his view there was no problem.

"Chase [Utley] is still here at about 12:30 every day. Ryan [Howard] lost weight," Rollins said when told of Manuel's comments. "Sometimes managers will see things much differently than everyone else. They have a lot of pressure on them. . . . Nothing has changed in the clubhouse."

Manuel was careful to note that many of his players do not worry him.

"Don't get me wrong, a lot of our guys out there have that same drive," he said. "There will always be things that make us think of last year. Like, for instance, if you look at the pictures on the wall. There is the fact that we won. But at the same time, the celebration comes to an end. These are memories, but the game goes on."

Ruiz feels better

Catcher Carlos Ruiz (right oblique strain) hit off a tee Sunday and again yesterday and reported improvement.

"Today, I didn't feel anything," he said. "[Sunday], yeah, a little bit."

Ruiz is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, but Manuel stressed caution, saying that oblique injuries heal slowly and can be aggravated by hasty comebacks. The team has not ruled out a possible rehabilitation assignment this weekend.

Moyer tonight

Jamie Moyer was scheduled to face the Padres last night but won't miss his start because of the rainout. As the Phillies did last week when a game in Washington was postponed, they will simply resume their rotation today. Moyer is scheduled to pitch against Milwaukee, pushing Joe Blanton to tomorrow and Cole Hamels to Thursday.

Rollins still working

Rollins, batting .171, was working in the batting cage from the third inning until he was asked to pinch-hit in the eighth inning Sunday.

The slumping shortstop hit the first pinch-hit home run of his career in the at-bat but said yesterday that his swing was not yet repaired.

"Home runs are mistakes," he said.

Manuel said that Rollins was beginning his stride too early, disrupting his timing.