Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett learned last week he has an inguinal hernia, but he plans to pitch through it and have surgery after the season.
His first effort following that diagnosis was promising.
Burnett, who takes the mound against the Dodgers on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium, allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five in seven scoreless innings Thursday against the Braves. He faces Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA this season.
"It's going to be a blessing in disguise, I think," Burnett said. "It's going to be there, but it helps me stay within myself. A couple of pitches I tried to do too much -- you could tell it wasn't right. But every time I was simple and just nice and easy, I was able to make effective pitches.
"I've pitched with worse. It's just one of those things I've got to stay on top of, and really focus on my delivery, and that was the case today. It's hit and miss. I just try not to think about it, try to block it out. At this point, I think I know what I'm doing with it. First time was a little scary, but now I know. It's different, but I think the easier and calmer I can be out here, the better I'll be."
Ryu has made five starts this season, and four have been scoreless. He allowed eight runs in two innings April 4 against the Giants, but otherwise has not allowed a run in 26 innings.
Ryu allowed two runs in seven innings in his only start against the Phillies in his career, which came last season.
Phillies: Howard's single under review
The Phillies submitted Ryan Howard's seventh-inning single on Sunday at Coors Field to Major League Baseball for review.
If it is changed to a double from a single and error on Rockies right fielder Brandon Barnes, it would give Howard the Phillies' first cycle since David Bell in 2004, and the Phillies' first cycle on the road since Johnny Callison in Pittsburgh in 1963.
"I don't see any difference with that and the one [Phillies outfielder] Ben [Revere] dove for, where a guy is trying to make a play on a ball in the grass, by the shoestrings," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "You're not guaranteed to knock a ball down when you're trying to make a catch like that, especially when he's trying to make a shoestring catch and have a play at the plate. There's a lot going on there."
Dodgers: Catchers not hitting
Catchers Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera were a combined 4-for-44 at the plate entering this series.
"We know where we're at with it," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think Fed has been a little better lately. I know he's better than this."
Mattingly reiterated his position that, with the way the club's pitching is constructed, the focal point for any catcher is receiving, calling games and controlling the opposition when on base. He said the offense should score enough runs to compensate for lack of offense from the catchers.
The injury to A.J. Ellis has tested the club's depth at the position.
"I still think we're better than what we've been doing," Mattingly said.
Federowicz started Monday night with a left wrist heavily taped after being struck twice over the weekend by the bat of Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt.
• Phillies right-hander B.J. Rosenberg has faced 15 batters in his last three appearances. He has allowed eight hits (three singles, one double, one triple, three home runs), two walks and has struck out one. He has a 7.11 ERA in eight appearances.
"He hasn't pitched well. He needs to pitch better," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He has good stuff. His location has been poor. He's getting whacked. But he has a good arm."
• The Dodgers entered this series leading the Majors with 21 stolen bases and tied for third with 63 extra-base hits.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.