After the Phillies 4-2 winner over the Nationals, Charlie Manuel said he expected Dom Brown to be ready for Tuesday, when they open a three-game with the Mets.

"I expect him to be back Tuesday, yes," he said.

Brown's missed the past two days with soreness in his left knee, not the right one that cost him a month in June and that Brown said Sunday he's taking pain medication for.

Before Saturday, Brown had started in all 23 of the Phillies games since his 2012 major league debut.


Kevin Frandsen went 2-for-4 with a run Sunday, his ninth multi-hit game.

He started in place of Placido Polanco, who Manuel said Saturday might be headed back to the DL with lower back pain aggravated on a diving play earlier in the week.

Manuel said he hopes it doesn't get to that.

"(Frandsen's) going to be playing some," he said. "But at the same time, I'd like to see Polanco get well, healthy. I'd still like to play Polly some at third base this season, and see where he's at."

Manuel also noted Frandsen's versatility, saying "Frandsen can bounce around the infield, too."

Potentially good news for Chase Utley's knees, who'd grinded for 30 straight games before getting a break August 19. Utley's played all seven of the Phils games since.


Michael Schwimer still reportedly hasn't shown up to Lehigh Valley. Reports have him seeking a second opinion on a shoulder that, if injured, may justify a grievance from the player's union.

Still, MLB rules mandate that players report within 72 hours, and, after being optioned Thursday, said 72 hours are up.


Laynce Nix ripped a solo shot in the sixth, for the last of their four runs. It was his first since May 3 in Atlanta, and first as a Phillie in Citizen's Bank Park.

On a table in the clubhouse laid a jersey -- it was face-up, and no, I wasn't going to touch -- and a message to players:

"Sign For Laynce, Please."