PHILADELPHIA -- In order to evaluate some of his players heading into 2013, Charlie Manuel is using the last part of this season to "look at what guys can do."
One of those players is Nate Schierholtz, the outfielder the Phillies received from the Giants as part of the Hunter Pence deal. On Friday night against the Cardinals, Schierholtz started in center field for the first time in his career.
Schierholtz, who has played 350 career games in right field and eight in left, said he felt comfortable manning the middle of the outfield.
"I think if you can play outfield, you can play most any position," said Schierholtz, who is hitting .280 with a home run and two RBIs since joining Philadelphia on Aug. 1.
Schierholtz, a strong defensive right fielder, took fly balls in center field last week. He said the hardest part of adjusting will likely be figuring out where to position himself for certain hitters and getting good reads off the bat.
Domonic Brown, who had started eight straight games in left field, was in right field on Friday. Manuel has said he might try Brown in all three outfield positions. Veteran Juan Pierre started in left field on Friday.
"I think [Schierholtz] can hold his own," Manuel said. "I wouldn't put him out there if I didn't think he could hold his own."
"The more positions you play, the better," Schierholtz said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Phillies likely to stick with Kendrick for next start
PHILADELPHIA -- Despite being non-committal on whether Kyle Kendrick would remain in the rotation after Wednesday's rough outing, manager Charlie Manuel said on Friday that it's likely Kendrick will make his next start on Tuesday at Miami.
"I think that there's a good chance that he'll stay there for right now," Manuel said of Kendrick's spot in the rotation.
Kendrick, who is 4-9 with a 4.86 ERA and has moved back and forth from the bullpen and the rotation this season, allowed six runs over just 3 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 12-6 loss to the Braves. He issued three walks, all in a 50-pitch second inning in which Atlanta scored four runs.
Manuel had said after the game that he wasn't sure if Kendrick would remain in the rotation and that he would talk about it with pitching coach Rich Dubee. Kendrick, when asked Wednesday if he was frustrated -- bearing in mind that a good finish to the season could land him a spot in the 2013 rotation -- said, "I guess that's how it is with me. It's been, 'What have you done for me lately?' You always want to pitch good. I've said that before. Yeah, it was a bad outing."
Before Friday's series opener, Placido Polanco took ground balls again, a positive sign for the injured third baseman. Polanco, who went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation on July 23, has yet to hit since the injury. He will travel with the club on its road trip to Miami, according to manager Charlie Manuel.
The Cardinals are in town for the first time since upsetting the Phillies in last October's National League Division Series. This is the second of two meetings between the two clubs this season. The Phillies took three of four games in St. Louis in May.
This weekend is Phillies Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Larry Bowa were scheduled to be among the Phillies' legends in attendance. Former All-Star catcher Mike Lieberthal was inducted onto the Phillies' Wall of Fame shortly before Friday's game.
Gabriel Bermudez, a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies' Venezuelan summer league team, was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspension is without pay and effective immediately.
The Phillies entered Friday with a 15-7 record against clubs in the NL Central, the only division in which the Phillies have an above .500 record against.
Friday night's series opener began a stretch of 17 straight games without a day off for the Phillies. After hosting the Cardinals, they play at Miami and Milwaukee before returning home to play the Reds and Nationals.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.