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“If I was to hit Jimmy second, he’d break it up,” Manuel said. “But I’m leery of that.”

Revere hasn’t homered in 1,064 career plate appearances and has a .323 slugging percentage compared to .432 for Rollins. Manuel likes Rollins first because he can come up with two outs and a runner on first base and hit an RBI double or two-run homer.

Revere is less likely to do so. He’s similar in many ways to the guy he replaced in center field _ Shane Victorino _ except for power.

Ben’s a better offensive player than I thought he was,” Manuel said. “He can run, he can bunt better than Vic. He doesn’t have the pop Victorino had but he’s faster than Victorino. He’s going to pop some every now and then. He’s hard as a rock. Ben will play within himself more and he will be a big-time team player. He brings a lot of energy like when Vic first came on the scene. He will add life and energy like that. Victorino was good at that. Ben is definitely going to help us.”

Once Young returns and Carlos Ruiz completes his 25-game suspension, the Phillies have potential to be a much-improved offensive team. Ruiz, once a staple in the No. 8 spot, had his best season last year _ .325, 16, 68. He even batted fourth when Howard was out and fifth at times.

“If he hit (at eighth) for us, we would have a big-time offense,” Manuel said.

Brown could bat anywhere from fifth to seventh. He’s having an excellent spring and gives the Phillies some power lower in the order.

The left fielder, whether it’s Darin Ruf, Laynce Nix or John Mayberry Jr., will probably bat between sixth or seventh.

“Once we have Delmon Young and Ruiz, we can have better balance across the lineup,” Manuel said.


NOTES: Roy Halladay threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his first time on the mound since leaving Sunday’s start after one inning because of a stomach virus that caused him to lose 10 pounds in a few days. “Roy threw very well,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “He’s just got to gain some weight back and get his strength.” Halladay is expected to start on Saturday. … The Phillies return to action after their off day to play at the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.