Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/8/12
Philadelphia_phillies_charlie_0298

When Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wrote out his lineup card Thursday morning, the highlight was the last name he penciled in: Cole Hamels. On a day game after a night game, Manuel gave his hot-hitting catcher and current cleanup hitter Carlos Ruiz the day off, and, in turn, was left with another hole in the middle of his lineup and what amounted to his worst defensive unit of the season.

With Placido Polanco nursing a left hand injury and Freddy Galvis placed on the disabled list due to a back injury, Manuel was left with an infield that included Mike Fontenot at second base, Ty Wigginton at third and John Mayberry Jr. at first base. They were charged with three errors -- a fourth was later changed by the official scorer -- in the Phillies' 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia's season-high sixth consecutive defeat.

The three errors tied a season high for the Phillies, who have been known for their sturdy work in the field during their five-year reign atop the National League East. But they're in last place, due in part to the personnel on the field, with 13 different players having been on the disabled list this season.

"The injuries, if we're using the injuries, that's just an excuse in my mind," Wigginton said. "Every team out there ... the Dodgers didn't have Matt Kemp. That's one of the best players in the game. Injuries are an excuse."

An excuse, sure, but a valid one in the wake of another sloppy defeat. The Phils don't have one All-Star player sidelined; they have three: Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

It total, the Phils currently have nine players on the DL after slick-fielding rookie second baseman Galvis officially went on Thursday morning. Despite the mounting losses that are matching the never-ending slew of injuries, the Phils do not want to point to backup personnel as the reason for their current predicament.

"I'm not making excuses -- that's all gone," Shane Victorino said. "I've always said when our backs are against the wall, we play our best. And it seems like our backs are pretty much pressed as far back to the wall as they can get.

"I think it's a time for us to take a gut check, check ourselves and do what we can do. Again, ultimately we are a great team, we just have to go out and let it all hang out and let it happen."

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL requiring background checks for combine participants

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

George Karl’s agent rips Kings, wants broadcaster reprimanded

WATCH: Popovich has funny reaction to New Hampshire results

Suns vets pull packing peanut prank on rookie Devin Booker

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Teammate gives Manning final completion ball from Super Bowl

Report: Ole Miss Football cited in 13 of 28 department violations by NCAA

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

Mat Latos could be the steal of free agency

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

Panthers TE Greg Olsen shaves off his playoff beard

Derek Fisher thanks Knicks in statement

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker