PHILADELPHIA --- Brian Schneider hopes to return to the field shortly after the All-Star break. A sprained right ankle caused the Phillies backup catcher to go on the disabled list on June 25, and the original diagnosis was that he would be sidelined three to five weeks.
"I'd really love to be able to meet the team in Colorado [on July 13]," Schneider said. "Will that happen? I don't know. Maybe a couple days later."
Schneider stayed in Philadelphia during the Phillies' most recent road trip to Miami and New York and said he will go to Clearwater, Fla., to rehab over the All-Star break. Schneider said he's feeling better every day and he's just now able to get back in the squat position. He hopes to catch a bullpen session in the coming days.
"I don't think everyone realizes how much, when you're hurt, you want to get back on the field," Schneider said.
To make room for Ryan Howard on the active roster, the Phillies optioned Hector Luna to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Luna appeared in 26 games (10 starts) for the Phillies and hit .246 (14-for-57) with two homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs.
The Phillies have been giving Chase Utley a day off every three games, but manager Charlie Manuel said there's a chance that Utley could play the entire series against the Braves, because the All-Star break starts on Monday.
Third baseman Placido Polanco was given a day off on Friday. Mike Fontenot started in his place, batting eighth.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.