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July 1 Camden Courier-Post

” Dane Sardinha has been in the major leagues on four other occasions beginning in 2003.

But he said he was nervous Wednesday because he was catching Phillies ace Roy Halladay. He never caught for Halladay in spring training, whether it was in a game or during a bullpen session. And he only did it once last week in a bullpen session.

“Anytime you get a chance to see what they throw, it’s always helpful,” Sardinha said. “But this was my first time catching (Halladay in a game), so I was nervous.”

Sardinha overcame that, however, to the point where he provided all of the Phillies’ offense with a three-run homer in their 4-3 loss to the Reds.

Sardinha has made three starts for the Phillies since he was recalled June 19 when regular catcher Carlos Ruiz went on the disabled list with a concussion. He has homered in two of them, and driven in at least a run in each game.

“When you have two guys who are good hitters like (Chase) Utley and (Placido) Polanco [out of the lineup], that’s going to take some offense away from you,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about the two players who were added to the disabled list Tuesday, bringing the Phillies’ total of players on the DL to seven. “That means you’ve got to have guys step up. (Sardinha) was probably the last guy in our lineup that you would think would hit a home run.

“That was the only offense we could generate.”

Sardinha said he was happy to contribute, both offensively and catching Halladay. He was drafted in the second round by the Reds in 2000, but never had more than 44 at-bats in his four stints in the major leagues. He got 31 at-bats last season for the Detroit Tigers.

He had never homered until he connected in his first start with the Phillies on June 19.

Sardinha might not get many more chances with the Phillies, either, because Ruiz is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. He is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the next day or so.”

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