PHILADELPHIA -- Continuing to work his way back from breaking the big toe on his right foot, outfielder Nate Schierholtz will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Schierholtz said his understanding was that the assignment would last through Friday and he would return on Sept. 1, when rosters expand. The IronPigs play at home Sunday through Friday, with a day off on Tuesday.
Schierholtz had said earlier in the week he thought he would be ready by Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He said his toe feels good enough for him to play right now, but it appears the Phillies want to take things slow.
Acquired from the Giants on July 31 as part of the Hunter Pence trade, Schierholtz hit .219 with a home run, a double and two RBIs in 11 games with the Phillies before fouling a ball of his toe on Aug. 12 vs. St. Louis.