PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee's stellar August has thrust him into the National League Cy Young Award discussion.
It also earned him his second NL Pitcher of the Month Award.
Lee won all five of his starts and amassed a 0.45 ERA by allowing just two runs over 39 2/3 innings.
He was also honored for his work in June, when he went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA, making him the first pitcher in Major League history to have two months with five wins, no losses and an ERA under 0.50.
Lee leads the Majors in shutouts this season with six, the most for an NL pitcher since Tim Belcher threw eight in 1989. Lee has the most shutouts for a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton recorded six in 1982. He is also the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record six in a season.
Fans can exchange tickets from Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Horizontal rain affected the actual attendance numbers for Tuesday night's game against the Braves, but the streak of 193 sellout games is intact thanks to a paid attendance of 44,781.
As a result of the weather, the Phillies announced that all fans holding a ticket to the game may exchange it for a complimentary ticket for one of six dates in 2012.
Tickets may be exchanged for the Pavilion, Pavilion Deck or Terrace Deck seating areas for the On Deck Series Games against the Pirates on April 2 or 3, or any of the four Monday home games between April 30 and May 21.
Fans should maintain possession of Tuesday's tickets (listed as Sept. 6 and game 73) until mid-January when On Deck Series Games go on sale, or mid-February when individual tickets go on sale.
Exchanges can be made at the Citizens Bank Park ticket windows. All exchanges are subject to availability and will be made on a ticket-for-ticket basis.
Howard still bothered by bursitis
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard doesn't show it on the field -- he doesn't grimace or limp -- but the bursitis in his left heel and Achilles still bothers him.
"I don't really feel it too much when I'm hitting," Howard said. "Some days are better than others, where I'm up and walking around and it kind of loosens up, and some days it's stiff."
Howard estimated that he's been dealing with the discomfort for about a month. He'll continue to stretch and alternate ice and heat to keep the swelling and pain down. The injury is not severe enough to keep him out of action were this the postseason -- it's hardly severe enough to keep him out of the everyday lineup.
Howard could be given a few days off once the Phillies clinch their playoff spot later this month.
Activation from DL not in Rollins' near future
PHILADELPHIA -- Even if Jimmy Rollins were healthy enough to be activated on Tuesday -- the first day he was eligible -- game action against the Braves would have been unlikely, as torrential rains hit South Philadelphia continuously from 3 p.m. ET and delayed the start of the game.
But Rollins, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 22 with a strained right groin, does not appear close to returning.
"Reading our medical report, Jimmy is not ready to go," manager Charlie Manuel said.
LaMar, Phils' assistant GM, resigns
PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. met with two of his top lieutenants on Tuesday morning at Citizens Bank Park, and by the time the meeting was over, one had resigned.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday night that they had accepted Chuck LaMar's resignation.
LaMar joined the Phillies in October 2007 as the director of pro scouting, and he became assistant GM of player development and scouting in November 2008.
Said Amaro, who had been meeting with LaMar and fellow assistant GM Benny Looper: "After having some discussion, it seemed like for Chuck, the best situation for him was to go ahead and resign."
Amaro was not shocked by the decision.
"Just more of a disappointment," he said.
When asked if there was unhappiness on either side, or if he could have talked LaMar out of the decision, Amaro said, "Those are questions you'll have to ask Chuck."
And asked if he was unhappy with LaMar, Amaro said, "No. He's had some solid contributions to our organization over the last several years. I just want to wish him luck with his pursuits."
Amaro declined to say whether LaMar, who could not be reached for comment, had been in his plans for 2012.
"I don't know," he said. "That's kind of a speculative discussion."
The Phillies will fill LaMar's position, but not immediately.
With the health of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and third baseman Placido Polanco tenuous, the Phillies recalled infielder Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday to add depth.
"We've got to kind of watch Polanco as I understand it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He is going to need a blow every now and then. We're not ready to turn him loose yet and let him play seven, eight days in a row."
Shortstop Freddy Galvis was named the Phillies' Minor League Player of the Month, and Joe Savery was named the Pitcher of the Month.
Galvis, 21, hit .321 in 29 games and is on the Phillies 40-man roster. Savery went 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in 11 appearances, striking out 16 over 14 2/3 innings.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.