Notes: Utley sits day after collision

Notes: Utley sits day after collision

CHICAGO -- Bam Bam Flintstone's season is likely over. The team hopes Skeletor misses only one game.

Bam Bam and Skeletor, the nicknames given to Aaron Rowand and Chase Utley by bullpen catcher Mick Billmeyer, collided violently in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 6-5 win on Monday against the Cubs, an event that left Rowand in a cast with a broken ankle that will sideline him 4-6 weeks.

As a precaution, Utley was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup. He said his right ankle felt sore after the game, and worse on Tuesday morning.

"I felt it a little more when I woke up this morning," Utley said. "I don't think it's going to be too big a deal. It's a little tender, though not going to be as bad as Ro's ankle. My shin hit his shin, so that was sore immediately, and my ankle. My neck and arm were fine."

Manager Charlie Manuel said Utley was available to pinch-hit.

"He's sore; I talked to [trainer Jeff] Cooper and he thought I should definitely give him a blow today," Manuel said. "He should be OK. There's a good chance he'll play [on Wednesday]."

Utley was pursuing a fly ball to shallow center field when he crashed into Rowand, who had lost his footing on a hole in the outfield. The impact sent Utley's glove toward right field. Utley's head bounced off the ground, while Rowand jackknifed into the air.

"I know that Rowand broke his ankle, but it could've been a lot worse, if we ran head-to-head or something," Utley said. "We're both very lucky."

Fun with Moyer: Baby-faced rookie Cole Hamels, 22, who fittingly is lockering next to 43-year-old Jamie Moyer, wasted little time reminding the veteran of the age difference.

Hamels was 3 years old when Moyer, the third oldest player in baseball behind Julio Franco and Roger Clemens, made his Major League debut in 1986. Reliever Fabio Castro was 1.

"I told him that already," Hamels said. "He was telling me about something he did in 1991, and I told him I was in first grade. He laughed."

Hamels quickly turned serious in marveling at Moyer's staying power.

"It's amazing," he said. "It's an accomplishment to play this long. I'm looking forward to asking him a lot of questions."

Hello, goodbye: Outfielder Michael Bourn arrived after a day's worth of travel from Kissimmee, Fla., minutes after Tuesday night's win over the Cubs. Wheeling his large, rolling black suitcase to the bottom of the steps leading to the visitors' clubhouse, he was told by Frank Coppenbarger, the Phillies' manager of equipment and travel, to leave the bag there.

A few minutes later, Bourn was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the result of an afternoon trade that netted infielder/outfielder Jose Hernandez from the Pirates.

"[Bourn] was already in the air when we made the trade," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

"This is hard, man," Bourn said, trying to force a smile. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I thought I might have a chance to play or something."

This is the second time Bourn has spent one day in the Majors. He was up and down on July 30, but made his debut in that day's game, going 0-for-1.

"I got up at 6 o'clock for an 11 [a.m.] game," Bourn said. "I didn't play today, but I still did my workout stuff. My flight [from Kissimmee] was at 6 p.m. The flight was delayed. My bags took 45 minutes to get out. The cab over here was a 35-minute ride."

Bourn will fly to Miami on Wednesday, then to Cuba on Thursday to play on the U.S. Olympic qualifying team.

"I have to gear myself back up now," he said.

Infielder Joe Thurston was also recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday, but unlike Bourn, remained with the Phillies.

So how old is he? Moyer played with two current Phillies (Tom Gordon, Arthur Rhodes), two Phillies coaches (Gary Varsho, Milt Thompson) and the team's employee assistance professional (Dickie Noles).

He played with six members of the 1980 World Series champion Phillies: Noles, Dick Ruthven, Manny Trillo, Bob Dernier, Lonnie Smith, Keith Moreland, and six members of the 1993 team that went to the World Series: Pete Incaviglia, Ricky Jordan, Dave Hollins, Terry Mulholland, Jeff Manto and Jose DeLeon.

A quick eyeball also showed that he played with three players -- Gary Matthews, Chris Speier and Buddy Bell -- whose sons are now Major Leaguers, and one son, Ken Griffey Jr., whose father was active when Moyer started. The 43-year-old Moyer also played with Buddy and David Bell.

Also of note, here are some of the major events of 1986:

• Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl
• Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines
• Space Shuttle Challenger explodes
• Iran Contra affair
• New Coke debuts
• Vinny Testaverde wins the Heisman Trophy
• Chicago destroys New England, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX
• Mets beat the Red Sox in the World Series
• "Out of Africa" wins Best Picture
• Paul Newman wins Best Actor Award for "The Color of Money."
• Record of the Year: "Higher Love" -- Steve Winwood
• Song of the Year: "That's What Friends Are For" -- Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager
• Best Album: "Graceland" -- Paul Simon

Did you know?: Moyer, a former Cub, made his first start at Wrigley Field since Oct. 2, 1988, a span of 17 years, 10 months and 20 days. That stretch between outings is the longest in the park's long history. Cubs' unofficial historian Ed Hartig pointed out that Wrigley has hosted 1,411 games since Moyer's previous outing.

Quotable: "It's scary any time you collide at full speed, and one person is laying back and the other is laying forward. You just hope they don't bump heads. But when you see a guy flip over like he fell out of a building, land on his neck, you just hope they get up."
-- Jimmy Rollins, on the collision

Coming up: After a strong first half, Brett Myers has struggled to regain that form, and it continued in his last start. Myers -- who opposes the Cubs' Angel Guzman on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET -- allowed six earned runs on nine hits, needing 91 pitches to go 3 1/3 innings.

The home run ball continued to burn the right-hander, as he allowed two in the first inning as part of a five-homers-in-eight batters stretch dating back to his previous start. The blasts were his 22nd and 23rd allowed this season, the most of any Phillies pitcher. Both his catcher and his manager speculated afterward that the righty could be suffering some fatigue, though Myers himself was unsure.

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