MIAMI -- Manager Charlie Manuel planned to let Nate Schierholtz play almost every game for the Phillies the final two months of the season.
He wanted to get a real good look at his newest outfielder.
But Schierholtz, who the Phillies acquired on July 31 in a trade with the San Francisco Giants for Hunter Pence, could miss three to four weeks after he broke his right big toe during his at-bat in the 10th inning Sunday against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said they were still awaiting further word from team doctors, but the expectation is Schierholtz can return before the end of the season.
Proefrock said Schierholtz had done something similar to his toe a few days before. Sunday's at-bat, in which he fouled a pitch off his foot, broke it.
The Phillies recalled Hector Luna to replace Schierholtz on the 25-man roster.
Schierholtz had hit .219 (7-for-32) with one double, one home run and two RBIs in 11 games with his new team. He had started seven games in right field and two games in center field.
The injury comes at a bad time for Schierholtz, who was looking forward to playing regularly the rest of the season.
"We're aware of what he's capable of," Proefrock said. "We've seen him play multiple times over the course of the last three or four years. I don't think we're losing anything [in terms of evaluation]."
"There's a lot of things I like about him," Manuel said. "He's a strong right fielder. He's got a strong arm. He looks like he's going to handle right-handed pitching good."
Manuel said John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix could play center field while Schierholtz is on the DL. Michael Martinez also has played there.