Frandsen returns to lineup from ankle injury

Frandsen returns to lineup from ankle injury

HOUSTON -- Third baseman Kevin Frandsen was back in the lineup and batting seventh on Thursday after he didn't start the last seven games with soreness in his left ankle.

"We'll see how he goes," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "The trainer and doctor says he can play. We'll see."

Frandsen, called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 27, made two pinch-hitting appearances since starting on Sept. 4. From July 29 to Sept. 4, Frandsen started 33 of the Phillies' 34 games, hitting .336.

Manuel said Frandsen could play a couple of days in a row but may be replaced defensively late in games until he's 100 percent healthy.

Michael Martinez started at third base in Frandsen's absence and hit .273 (6-for-22) in seven starts.