Frandsen eager to test ailing left leg

Frandsen eager to test ailing left leg

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Frandsen said he feels much better and is ready to get back in the Phillies' lineup.

They could use him.

Frandsen, who is hitting .341 with one home run and nine RBIs in 129 at-bats, has not started since Sept. 4 because of a stress fracture in his left fibula, although he pinch-hit Sunday. Since Frandsen has been unavailable and with Placido Polanco finishing the season on the disabled list because of a bad back, the Phillies have had no choice but to play Michael Martinez, who entered Tuesday's game hitting .156 with two homers and seven RBIs in 90 at-bats, at third base.

"A couple days have done wonders," Frandsen said. "It feels good. I'm just waiting for whenever."

Frandsen said he does not know if he can play an entire game without the leg bothering him until he gives it a shot, but he is optimistic.

"He's coming along," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think when he hits now, we can try to let him run instead of putting a pinch-runner in for him."