Notes: Lieberthal taking it day by day

Notes: Lieberthal taking it day by day

PHOENIX -- Mike Lieberthal said his left hip strain, which he suffered while running the bases after driving in the winning run on Monday night, was "definitely worse" on Tuesday.

The catcher said he "felt a pop rounding first base," and while he said after the game that it wasn't as bad as he thought, that wasn't the case on Tuesday.

"We're just taking it day by day," said Lieberthal. "I can't swing a bat today -- that's where I feel it the most -- but I haven't tried running yet. I feel like I pulled something, it's just a matter of how bad it is. I'll wait a couple of days and see if it goes away."

"He was real sore this morning," said manager Charlie Manuel. "We're going to wait a couple of days. With [Sal] Fasano and [Chris] Coste, we've got [the catcher spot] covered."

For now, putting Lieberthal on the disabled list and activating Carlos Ruiz is not an option. Though Coste is listed as an infielder on the official roster, he appeared in 12 games at catcher at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this season, and he is more than just an emergency option.

Sanches sent down: To make room for the returning Cole Hamels, reliever Brian Sanches was sent back to Scranton, but Manuel said we haven't seen the last of him.

"I like him," said the manager. "He's improved since I last saw him two years ago. His fastball is better, his split his better and his command is better; he'll definitely be back."

No role change: One of the options that may have been a consideration in deciding how to make room for Hamels was inserting Ryan Franklin into the rotation and sending down Eude Brito. However, Brito will make his next start on Thursday, and Franklin remains in the bullpen.

"We're going to give [Brito] one more start, at least," said Manuel. "I feel like there's a spot for him [in the rotation], so why not give him another chance?"

Wolf on the mend: Randy Wolf, recovering from Tommy John surgery, will make his first rehab start at Class A Clearwater on Thursday evening. Wolf has thrown a simulated game and two outings in extended Spring Training.

Down on the farm: With the First-Year Player Draft in the headlines on Tuesday, let's check in on how some of the organization's other highly regarded prospects are faring.

The team's success in the draft in recent years is evidenced by the fact that nine members of the current 25-man roster were originally drafted and signed by the club, including five first-round picks. Additionally, a sixth first-rounder, Gavin Floyd, won four games this season before recently being sent back to Triple-A.

Any discussion of the Phillies' prospects has to start with the trio of arms in the rotation at Double-A Reading.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez, the team's supplemental first-round pick in 2004, has posted a 3.00 ERA in 11 starts, with 74 strikeouts in 66 innings. Gonzalez is viewed as the organization's best pitching prospect after the recently promoted Hamels, and he features an outstanding curveball that he'll throw in any count.

Right-hander Scott Mathieson may challenge Gonzalez for that designation. The 22-year-old picked up a power slider last year to go with his mid-90s heat. He has a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 84 in 72 2/3 innings.

Finally, there's righty Daniel Haigwood, who has struck out 61 in 58 1/3 innings, posting a 3.86 ERA in his 11 starts. Haigwood came over to the organization in the Jim Thome trade.

As far as hitters go, the team's best prospect, outfielder Michael Bourn, is holding his own at Reading. Bourn is hitting .267, but he is drawing walks and is not overmatched at the plate. He's also 18-for-23 in steal attempts.

Bourn is working on handling pitches on the inner half of the plate and finding a balance between being patient and being aggressive on pitches he can drive early in the count.

Phillies facts:The Phillies have not had a come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning thus far this season. The team is 0-23 when trailing after eight. Conversely, they are 26-0 when they lead going into the ninth. ... Bobby Abreu is hitting .286 overall, but his .373 average in day games is in the top-five in the National League. ... Jimmy Rollins has been successful in his last eight stolen base attempts. ... Tom Gordon's 18 saves tie him with Jason Isringhausen for the NL lead. .. The Philadelphia bullpen has a 1.16 ERA in its last 31 innings and its 3.25 overall ERA is second-best in the league.

On deck: The Phillies and D-Backs will conclude this three-gamer series at Chase Field on Wednesday at 4:40 p.m. ET. Ryan Madson will take the hill for Philly, while Juan Cruz will start for Arizona.

Jason Grey is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.