He had been praying for more playing time from the Giants for years, but only when they traded him to the Phillies on July 31 did that possibility become a reality. Philadelphia planned to play him nearly every day through the end of the regular season as they evaluated their personnel for next season.
So, naturally, Schierholtz broke his right big toe last week and landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
"It's just bad luck," he said before Friday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park. "It's frustrating to come here and get a chance to play and this is definitely a big setback. It's not the way I planned it. I feel like I'll be able to come back and still play a good amount of time. Just crossing my fingers that 15 days enough."
He can be activated as early as Aug. 28, but it remains to be seen when he will be back. It essentially is a pain tolerance issue.
"The timing is just brutal," he said.
Schierholtz had hit .219 (7-for-32) with one double, one home run and two RBIs in 11 games with the Phils. Manager Charlie Manuel said he liked what he had seen from him, including his ability to play right field.
Those are nice words to hear, but Schierholtz would like to get back on the field as quickly as possible and finish the season strong.
"It's just going to come down to me being able to run," he said. "That's the worst part. So it's feeling better every day. It's getting a little less sore. I haven't been able to run yet. Just trying to let it calm down.
"I'm not expecting to run pain-free for the rest of the season."
Schierholtz fouled a pitch off his toe Aug. 8 against Atlanta. He tried to play through the pain, but then he fouled another pitch off the toe Sunday against St. Louis.
"I don't think I've ever fouled a ball of my toe in my life," he said. "I did it twice in the same week. I was hurting pretty good after the first time and thought something was wrong. After Sunday, we got an X-ray and confirmed it."