Down another outfielder, Charlie Manuel briefly contemplated life Monday with no certainties. Solutions are in short supply for the season's final seven weeks, a time when the standings are irrelevant and the future is paramount. Manuel has but one option.
"Play them all," the Phillies manager said.
On the nights Cole Hamels pitches, Manuel could put just about anyone out there.
As the quest to avoid last place commenced with a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins, Manuel used an outfield that could become the regular combination with 47 games to play: Juan Pierre in left, John Mayberry Jr. in center, Domonic Brown in right.
Those three delivered while Hamels notched his second consecutive shutout with a dazzling 113-pitch performance against Miami. He has a 22-inning scoreless streak.