July 3 Philadelphia Inquirer
“Brian Schneider had his right thumb wrapped in a splint before Friday’s game, but it was actually a bit of good news for the walking wounded.
It appears he won’t be the eighth current Phillie on the disabled list.
The Phillies catcher, who is normally the backup but has been pressed into service as the starter with Carlos Ruiz shelved, has a sprained thumb but should only miss a few days. Schneider said he was available to play if needed in an emergency situation.
That’s why the Phillies didn’t make a roster move to bring a third catcher in as insurance.
Without Schneider, Dane Sardinha is the starting catcher. Sardinha, 31, played in 31 major-league games before this season. He began the year as the fourth-string catcher.
“The right way is to plug a guy in and let him start hitting,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “That can happen in this game. I’ve seen it happen. It’s what we have to do. We have to get some offense from guys who aren’t used to playing or guys that we called up.”
Entering Friday, Sardinha hasn’t done too badly considering his place in the organizational depth chart. He was 4 for 18 in seven games with two home runs and six RBIs. The home runs were the first of his career.”
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