MIA@PHI: Sandberg discusses Utley's recent hot streak

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg reiterated Friday he hasn't heard anything about his future, although it seems a near certainty he will have the interim label shed from his job title in the next couple of weeks.

Sandberg continues to gain high marks. The Phillies are 18-14 since he replaced Charlie Manuel in August, which is tied for the third-best winning percentage in the National League.

"Ryno is positive," Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said. "He's always talking during the game. He's definitely into the game, and guys respect him for that. He's given a lot of guys an opportunity to play, which is nice. So far he's done a great job."

Kendrick shut down due to shoulder; Miner to rotation

ATL@PHI: Kendrick strikes out eight over six solid

PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick said the other day that he got good news about his right shoulder and he hoped to make his final two starts of the season.

He smiled and spoke optimistically about his health.

But then the Phillies suddenly announced Friday that Kendrick's season is over after he received a second opinion regarding the tendinitis in his shoulder. Right-hander Zach Miner will take Kendrick's spot in the rotation the rest of the way.

Asked if he thought something had to be wrong with Kendrick based on his 3-9 record and 6.45 ERA in 14 starts since late June, Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said, "Not really, because his velocity was fine. He was able to pitch and his stuff was there. As far as movement on the sinker, I thought that was a little less the second part of the season. But other than that, he was healthy enough to pitch and it was a normal sensation that he was feeling. In that regard, I don't think it was an issue."

Kendrick, who had a MRI on Tuesday, is eligible for salary arbitration following the season. The Phillies have an interesting decision to make. They could offer him arbitration, but that most likely means Kendrick will get a raise from the $4.5 million he made this season. But if Kendrick's shoulder is a concern, they could non-tender him and try to re-sign him for less or just let him walk and sign elsewhere.

Phillies activate reliever Stutes from 60-day DL

PHI@FLA: Stutes fans four over two scoreless frames

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Michael Stutes had been quietly rehabbing from right biceps tendinitis since June. He improved enough to be activated from the 60-day disabled list before Friday's series opener against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

"There was a chance for him to come back and pitch late in September," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "That's the case, so he has been throwing in Florida and he's ready to come and join us. There was speculation of that, but no certainty. He is good to go tonight, so I wouldn't say that's a surprise."

The Phillies will exercise some caution with Stutes. Don't expect him to pitch three days in a row or anything crazy like that.

"I think it's a thing to show that he's healthy," Sandberg said. "He is healthy, and for him to end the season on that note, I think it adds some depth into the decisions to be made. I think that's what it shows, being active and pitching down the stretch this year and then going into the offseason, allowing him to go about his business knowing that he's done that. He's ready to do that. So it'll add some depth going into Spring Training once decisions are made."

Stutes had a nice rookie season in 2011, going 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 57 appearances, but has been unable to stay healthy in two seasons since.