Injuries have taken a toll on the Philadelphia Phillies during the past several weeks. They added another to the list on Sunday.
The Phillies will try to overcome these setbacks when they return to Citizens Bank Park for the opener of a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
Bell, limited to just 85 games last season because of a strained lower back and hip, left Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers with back spasms in the second inning. He led off the inning with a grounder to shortstop and collapsed to his knees in the batter’s box. Bell, hitting .275 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs, made it off the field under his own power.
The Phillies closed their season-high 13-game road trip on a high note. Brett Myers allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings, and Chase Utley homered to help Philadelphia finish 6-7 on the trip after losing six of the first seven games.
As they return home, the Phillies will hope for a strong effort from Eric Milton, who is trying to become the first Philadelphia starter to go 13-2 since Steve Carlton in 1980.
The 29-year-old left-hander won his first start in a month Wednesday, but he was not pleased with his effort. He allowed five runs and seven hits over five innings in a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.
“It was pretty bad,” Milton said. “You have to talk about the job the team did. I definitely could have been a lot better. The team played great and we got a win.”
The Rockies open a seven-game road trip after finishing 7-6 on their recently completely homestand. Jeromy Burnitz, Mark Sweeney and Kit Pellow all homered on Sunday, but the Rockies failed to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 14-7 loss.
“It wasn’t our day,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We dug ourselves a hole that was out of the question.”
The Phillies and Rockies split a four-game series at Coors Field from May 14-17.