As expected, the Phillies recalled left-hander J.A. Happ from Lehigh Valley, but the team also made an unexpected move, placing third baseman Pedro Feliz on the 15-day disabled list and recalling corner infielder Mike Cervenak, according to the Morning Call.
Transaction summary: Happ went 7-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 20 games for the IronPigs and made two starts for the Phils earlier this month. Cervenak, a minor league journeyman who can play first and third sparingly, was up with the club before the All-Star break and only got one at bat. With Lehigh Valley, the 31-year-old was hitting .320/.343/.443 with seven home runs. Feliz did not appear during the Phillies’ homestand, at which time the club revealed that he had been playing through a strained back for weeks. He was hitless in his last four games. Greg Dobbs and Eric Bruntlett figure to platoon at the position while Feliz recovers, with Cervenak becoming an emergency reserve. As for Happ, the club intends to add him to the bullpen in a long relief role.
Game summary: The Phillies resume play tonight when Brett Myers (3-9, 5.82) faces Collin Balester (1-2, 5.75) for the first of three from our Nation’s Capitol. Myers makes his second start since being recalled from the minors July 21. Balester will be facing the Phillies for the first time; the Phils have not faced the Nats since May 21. Washington comes into the series owners of the worst record in baseball (38-67, .362)