Well, it is already starting to crop up.
As the Phillies made their way to Miami to begin a three-city road trip to the Marlins, Nationals and Red Sox, they did so without catcher Carlos Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard.
Ruiz was pulled from Sunday's 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds before the start of the third inning when he pulled a hamstring muscle running between second and third base on a Freddy Galvis single. He is scheduled to be examined in Philadelphia on Monday morning.
"It was a bad feeling because it surprised me when that happened," Ruiz said after the game. "And it happened like that. It was the last thing that I expected to happen because I was feeling great."
When asked if he felt like he would have to go on the disabled list, Ruiz was blunt. "I don't know," he said. "I don't know."
First baseman Ryan Howard was already held out of Sunday's lineup by manager Charlie Manuel due to soreness in his left knee. It was later announced that Howard would undergo an MRI on his knee on Monday in Philadelphia before meeting up with the team in Miami later that evening.
"It's been acting up since spring training," Howard said. "But I've been able to tough my way through it. Yesterday, it kicked up a little bit. So we'll see."
It is the first time that the Phillies everyday lineup has been impacted. To this point, the Phils pitching rotation had taken the brunt of the burden with Roy Halladay (shoulder) and John Lannan (knee) missing significant time due to their ailments.
Reliever Mike Adams may be close to joining that list. Adams hasn't appeared in a game since May 11 in Arizona due to what the club called a mild back strain. Because roster moves may be needed to fill the gaps caused by Ruiz's injury and for Tyler Cloyd's promotion into the starting rotation for Tuesday night's game (in the spot vacated by Halladay), Adams may get sent to the DL retroactively.
"I haven't thrown in a week," Adams said on Sunday. "Today was the first day I threw. I won't be available tomorrow."
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3B Freddy Galvis, making his fifth start of the season at the position Sunday, hit the game-winning home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth. It was his first career walk-off homer. Galvis, hitting .298 with three homers and seven RBIs, has now made 12 starts this season. Four have come in left field, two at second base and one at shortstop.
LHP Cole Hamels will be seeking to end a three-game losing streak Monday against Miami. He was nicked for five runs in five innings in losing 10-4 to Cleveland in his last start, May 15. He allowed six hits in that one, striking out four and walking two. Hamels is 8-11 with a 3.24 ERA in 26 career starts against the Marlins.
RHP Tyler Cloyd will start Tuesday in Miami. Cloyd, 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, earned a no-decision in his only previous major league start this season, working 6 1/3 innings against Arizona on May 10 and surrendering two runs on two hits, while striking out four and walking three. To make room for Cloyd on the roster, the Phillies will make a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's game.
1B Ryan Howard did not play Sunday because of a sore left knee. It is an injury that has been bothering him since spring training, he said, but one that grew more bothersome during Saturday's 10-0 loss to the Reds. He will undergo an MRI Monday, and manager Charlie Manuel does not expect to use Howard in the game later in the day. Howard pronounced himself day-to-day.
1B Michael Young made his first start of the season at the position Sunday, going hitless in three at-bats while Ryan Howard rested. Young, hitting .294 this season, had made all his previous starts at third base.
C Carlos Ruiz left Sunday's game after straining his right hamstring while running the bases in the second inning, and will undergo an MRI Monday. No decision has been made as to whether Ruiz will be placed on the disabled list, but he said he heard a pop in the hamstring, and C Humberto Quintero will accompany the team to Miami for the start of a series against the Marlins on Monday. Ruiz, who grounded into a fielder's choice in his lone at-bat Sunday, saw a nine-game hitting streak come to an end. He served a 25-game suspension at the beginning of the season for using a banned stimulant, and is hitting .235 in 16 games. He has yet to homer, and has driven in two runs.
C Erik Kratz replaced injured starter Carlos Ruiz on Sunday and hit the game-tying home run off Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman. Kratz, who did the bulk of the catching earlier this year when Ruiz served his suspension, figures to do so again, if Ruiz misses much time. Kratz is hitting .205, with three homers and nine RBIs.
"It's awesome. I think I'll never forget it."—3B Freddy Galvis, after hitting the game-winning home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth Sunday. It was his first career walk-off homer.
C Carlos Ruiz (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to see doctors in Philadelphia on May 20 after leaving the May 19 game. He is listed as day-to-day.
1B Ryan Howard (left knee soreness) will undergo an MRI on May 20 after missing the May 19 game. He is listed as day-to-day.
RHP Mike Adams (back strain) has been unavailable since May 12 after experiencing back spasms suffered while shagging flies in batting practice. An MRI showed a mild strain. He is listed as day-to-day. He did work out on May 19, but could end up being placed on the disabled list—retroactive to May 11—in order to create a roster spot.
RHP Roy Halladay (torn rotator cuff, strained labrum, bone spur in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 6. He underwent shoulder surgery on May 16. He is expected to be out until late June or early July. He is not expected to start a throwing program for 6-to-8 weeks if all goes well.
LHP John Lannan (strained quad tendon in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list on April 16. He is scheduled for a bullpen session on May 20 at the Phils' spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. If all goes well, they hope Lannan can throw live batting practice by the end of the month and be ready at some point in June.
LHP Cole Hamels
LHP Cliff Lee
RHP Kyle Kendrick
RHP Jonathan Pettibone
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)
RHP Mike Adams
RHP Chad Durbin
RHP Phillippe Aumont
LHP Antonio Bastardo
LHP Jeremy Horst
RHP Justin De Fratus
RHP B.J. Rosenberg
1B Ryan Howard
2B Chase Utley
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Michael Young
INF Freddy Galvis
INF Kevin Frandsen
LF Domonic Brown
CF Ben Revere
RF Delmon Young
OF John Mayberry
OF Laynce Nix