Notes: Burrell frustrated by ailing foot

Notes: Burrell frustrated by ailing foot

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Burrell cursed his right foot as rookie Chris Roberson ended Friday's game with a fly to center.

If not for the pain, Burrell might have gotten another chance. But the pain, as has been the case all season, forced manager Charlie Manuel to pinch-run for Burrell after his key double in the ninth inning. Roberson scored the tying run on Ryan Howard's double and stayed in the game.

When the Phillies staged a two-out, 10th inning rally against Brewers reliever Jose Capellan, Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked, forcing Roberson to beat them.

It should've been Burrell.

"I need to be up at bat in that situation, but there's nothing I can do about it," Burrell said. "The whole thing is frustrating."

Despite the idea of tying the game first before you can win it, a healthy Burrell likely wouldn't have been pinch-run for with no outs in the ninth. The pain in his foot makes him that much slower.

Manuel has had no choice but to replace Burrell in late situations with either Shane Victorino or Roberson, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Friday's game. It just has to happen.

"His foot's been hurting the last two years," Manuel said. "I haven't seen him run better than that. We need to tie the game up before we can win it, and I'm inclined to take him out. I'll probably do it all year long. When he first came to Spring Training, he felt good and he came out of practice one day and he has the same thing, and it bothers him."

That's the most frustrating part for Burrell, who entered Saturday batting .293 with 13 homers. He thought offseason surgery, performed by Dr. Mark Meyerson, would correct the problem. It hasn't, despite a special shoe and an endless supply of tape.

"You go have surgery on something and you think it's going to be better, but it's not," Burrell said. "You put the team in a tough spot, and that's what I don't like. You do everything you can to make the team better, and when you have something like this, you're not helping."

Finally: Chris Coste pictured the moment many times. He'd glance at the scoreboard and see his own mug shot looking down at him, then soak in his song while digging in at the plate.

There's no other way to process the idea of your first Major League at-bat, except this one didn't fit the category. Coste debuted in the bottom of the 10th inning on Friday, with the Phillies trailing by a run.

He violated his personal promise by swinging at the first pitch and flew out for the second out of the inning, though it sounded good off the bat.

"I couldn't resist," he said. "I hit it on the good part of the bat, but it was too high. I told myself not to swing at the first pitch in my first at-bat, but I was watching the pitch to [Abraham] Nunez and [Capellan] threw a really good fastball, so I got ready because it would go, especially in that situation. It came close to being a pretty good thing."

Though it was a harmless fly out, it was still a great thing for Coste, who reached his long-awaited destination with that at-bat. The journey began in lndependent leagues in 1995, and reached fruition with his duel against Capellan.

Because the moment came in a crucial spot in the game, Coste didn't have time to process that the moment was here, neither there or during his first trip to on-deck circle in the eighth. He had too many other things to think about.

It's a good thing he didn't notice his wife, Marcia, and the couple's 7-year-old daughter, who had just arrived in town.

"(Marcia) was in tears from the moment I stepped in the box until after the game," Coste said.

As with all of Coste's wild turns, even his entrance music had a story attached. He walked up to "Let Me Blow Your Mind," by Gwen Stefani and Eve.

While playing Winter Ball in Panama City, Panama, Coste and fellow Minor Leaguer Anthony Medrano heard the song on the radio, and found a particular passage meaningful. They made a deal that if either made it, this would be their first song.

The lyric:

Now I got my foot through the door
And I ain't goin' nowhere
It took a while to get me here
And I'm gonna take my time

On Saturday night, Coste replaced Sal Fasano behind the plate in the fifth and was called for catcher's interference. He reached base for the first time in the Majors when he was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth, and scored his first run when Jimmy Rollins followed with a two-run homer.

Not your pitching hand: Reliever Clay Condrey couldn't help it. He saw the ball and reached.

In one motion, he snared the one-hopper with his bare hand, turned around, and fired to first. He then waved off the trainers, and continued with a scoreless ninth inning.

"The first out of an inning is the first out of an inning," he said. "That was just a love tap."

Condrey said the bounce on the grass took some of the sting out, something that wasn't the case in the Minors, when a line drive went off his fingertips.

He shouldn't have reached for that one.

"That was stupid," he said.

Philling in: Lefty Cole Hamels said he felt great after Saturday's throwing session and expects to come off the disabled list soon, something he hopes will happen on June 3. Hamels will most likely make one rehab start at either Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or Double-AReading. ... Righty Julio Santana headed to Clearwater, Fla., to continue his throwing program. An MRI and ultrasound showed a ligament strain in his elbow. He has set June 15 as his personal target date to return to active duty. ... Catcher Mike Lieberthal played a rehab game for Reading. He caught five innings and went 0-for-2 with a fly out and ground out.

Coming up: Righty Ryan Madson returns to the starting rotation in Sunday's 1:35 p.m. ET series finale, following seven gutsy innings in Tuesday's 16-inning loss to the Mets. He's replacing Hamels for at least two starts. The right-hander, who will oppose Milwaukee lefty Dana Eveland, tweaked his mechanics last week and has been pleased with the results.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.