PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel wasn't sure if moving Jimmy Rollins back to the leadoff spot would help. Then again, with both the shortstop and the entire lineup struggling, he figured it couldn't hurt.
That was just one of several changes the Phillies manager made Saturday night in an attempt to shake up his slumping offense. Jim Thome got his second start at first base since April 13, Hunter Pence moved into the three hole vacated by Rollins and Laynce Nix started in left field. That meant two of the team's hottest hitters -- Juan Pierre (.333) and Ty Wigginton (.320) -- didn't start.
"I looked at their pitcher [right-hander Randy Wells], and I've been wanting to get Thome back on the field, and Nix in the game, too. Because he needs to play, just like Thome does. We need to score some runs. I figured the left-handers in the lineup tonight would help us get some runs," Manuel explained.
Rollins, primarily a leadoff hitter throughout his career, batted .216 from the third spot this season, including three hits in his last 37 at-bats (.081).
"It may be some kind of mindset thing. I have no idea about that," Manuel said.