"I might, against a lefty," Manuel said. "Jamie Moyer is on a really tight routine. That's the only thing that would stop us and the only thing to be concerned with.
"Torre goes back to the days when he was playing and we had four-man rotations. When you ran short, somebody on the third day that would throw a [bullpen session, and therefore be fresh] -- like a Jim Kaat could do that."A more conventional solution is to add lefty Fabio Castro, who has done well at Triple-A Ottawa. That could mean a demotion for Francisco Rosario, though the Phillies would risk having to put him through waivers. Smith is aware of the situation, and knows he needs to improve. "I had good outings with New York and never thought I'd get sent down and then the next day I did," Smith said. "Once you start [thinking you're safe], you get yourself in trouble. All I'm thinking about is going out there and doing something positive. This game is hard enough. Once you stop being mentally strong, the wheels fall off and that's the point I told myself I won't get to this year." Quotable: "I'm not superstitious, but I don't want to tamper with anything, either." -- Manuel, answering a question as to whether he was superstitious during a winning streak. Quotable, part II: "In Wiffle Ball, that's an out!" -- Adam Eaton, on Morgan Ensberg's two swings on the same pitch, in Monday's 11-4 win over the Astros. Coming up: Right-hander Jon Lieber seems happy to be back in the rotation after beginning the season in the bullpen. He had an excellent first outing, going 5 2/3 innings against the Reds on Friday, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out five, but didn't factor in the decision. The effort dropped his ERA to 3.38 in eight innings of work in 2007. On Wednesday night at 7:05 ET, he'll take the ball against the Nationals.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less