PHILADELPHIA -- Most of the news has been bad lately for the Phillies, and Tuesday followed form.
Though Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard continue to progress from their injuries, the same can't be said of Laynce Nix, Mike Stutes and David Herndon.
Following is what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had to report about his injured players:
Halladay (strained right latissimus dorsi): Amaro said Halladay "is symptom-free in his throwing program, which is great. It's a good piece of news."
Utley (chondromalacia in left knee): There is a possibility that Utley could be back in the lineup before he exhausts the full 20 days of his rehab assignment. If he uses the full 20 days, he would be back no later than July 2. Utley planned to serve as designated hitter on Tuesday with Class A Clearwater. He played second base on Monday and reportedly felt fine afterward.
Howard (surgery on left Achilles): Howard is playing in the field in simulated games, and even made a diving catch on Monday. He also is starting to run the bases.
"Hopefully, we can get him in a rehab game in the next couple of weeks," Amaro said.
Nix (strained left calf): Nix was dealt a setback on Tuesday when he felt a pull in the calf while running the bases. Amaro said that Nix is going to have another MRI to check for further damage.
"He was going pretty good, too," Amaro said, "but it's the kind of stuff that happens sometimes."
Stutes (inflammation in right shoulder): Stutes visited orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday. Yocum, Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti and Mets physican David Altchek are going to confer and see what is next.
"He hasn't really progressed as we would have liked," Amaro said. "There may be a possibility of going in there and doing some type of exploratory surgery to see what's going on in there."
Herndon (right elbow): Herndon visited orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday, and on Tuesday he underwent Tommy John surgery.
"It's a pretty big blow to the kid and to us, obviously," Amaro said.
Justin De Fratus (sprained right elbow): De Fratus is going to throw off the mound on Thursday. "He has been feeling great," Amaro said.
Ruiz third in latest All-Star voting results
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Ruiz is slipping in his pursuit to become the National League's starting All-Star catcher. He is in third place, 688,987 votes behind San Francisco's Buster Posey, who leads with 2,445,005. St. Louis' Yadier Molina is second, with 2,291,567.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans can also participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the U.S. beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Visit MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Jim Thome is strictly a pinch-hitter with the Phillies, who are returning to their National League schedule. Asked if he received calls from American League teams following Thome's impressive nine games as the Phillies' designated hitter, general manager Ruben Amaro said, "I may very well have. ... In some ways it's a little bit of a disservice to have him just sit there and be a pinch-hitter."
The Phillies introduced three top Draft picks before Tuesday's game: right-hander Shane Watson (40th overall), right-hander Mitch Gueller (54th overall) and outfielder Andrew Pullin (188th overall).
Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider hosted 50 children from the Anna Sample Complex and Eleanor Corbett House as part of the Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program. The children received roundtrip transportation to the game, met the players, and received tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. The Anna Sample Complex is a transitional housing program that serves homeless families and focuses on assisting women to become self-sufficient. The Eleanor Corbett House is a facility that houses families and individuals. Workshops, tutoring, special events, transportation and supportive services are provided.
The Phillies optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Tuesday's game. A corresponding move will be made on Wednesday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.