OF Endy Chavez out but available

PHILADELPHIA -- New call-up Endy Chavez strained a hamstring in Thursday night's loss at Kansas City and was not in the lineup for Friday night's game. He's listed as day-to-day but is available if necessary.

"It's tight," Chavez said prior to Game 1 of the Phillies-Rangers series. "I just need a few days, I'm going day-by-day and I will let them know."

Manager Ron Washington said he doesn't expect to put Chavez on the DL because the injury is not considered serious. When Chavez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock because of the injury to Julio Borbon (15-day DL left hamstring inflammation), he got off to a slow start.

Chavez went 0-9 but has since found a groove. He's picked up seven hits in his last 14 at bats on this current seven-game road trip. During that stretch, Chavez scored five times and drew three walks.

After he was called up, he was pulled from a game at Round Rock, the travel, excitement and getting to face big league pitching again took it's toll. After he started to relax, he picked up three hits on Monday in a victory over the Chicago White Sox and since then he's been a difficult out from the leadoff spot.

"The first two games I was pretty tired," Chavez said. "Everything is now normal and I can get some rest."