{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Sandberg opts to give Byrd a rest against Mets

|
Sandberg opts to give Byrd a rest against Mets play video for Sandberg opts to give Byrd a rest against Mets

NEW YORK -- Power-starved contenders have had plenty of interest in Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd.

He still might be dealt before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

It raised a few eyebrows Tuesday afternoon when the Phillies posted a lineup without Byrd against the Mets at Citi Field. Byrd went 4-for-5 in Monday's 7-1 loss, and was hitting .273 with 20 home runs, 60 RBIs and an .803 OPS. It seemed unusual that Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg would not play Byrd, considering the circumstances.

"I was looking for a day coming into this series for Marlon," Sandberg said. "I was talking to him about it. I was thinking either today's game or the early turnaround tomorrow. Just so happened that in his last at-bat [Monday], he took a ball off his [left] foot, the same foot he took one off in the last three days. He was hobbling on the bases there, and then hobbling after the game. So I just made the decision to let him get that taken care of today and get him back in there tomorrow."

So it has nothing to do with an impending trade?

"No, not at all," Sandberg said.

Sandberg said he thinks Byrd will be back in the lineup Wednesday.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español