Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz underwent an MRI and was seen by a back specialist. The diagnosis: mild disc bulge, according to the beat writers. Feliz has been suspended from baseball-related activities until next week, they report.
Beerleaguer: This isn’t a crippling blow, but it’s still a setback, especially against left-handed pitching; Feliz is hitting .291/.339/.555 against left-handers. There’s been no mention about third base, but it doesn’t mean they're content to head into the stretch run with Mike Cervenak as the top infield reserve. Feliz could be out for a while, so they need help. That help is likely to come off the scrap pile, possibly after the non-waiver deadline. These types of deals are very hard to predict. Guys like Washington’s Ronnie Belliard and San Francisco’s Jose Castillo come to mind, but I’m stabbing the dark.
Rumor roundup: With the non-waiver deadline just minutes away, only one potential deal to report. Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is headed to Tampa, according to MLB.com. The Buccos will receive shortstop Reid Brignac and left-hander Jeff Niemann in exchange for Bay. If it happens, obviously the three-way deal involving Pittsburgh, Boston and Florida is dead and done.
IronPigs update: Kris Benson allowed one run on five hits through seven innings today in Norfolk, making that three straight quality starts for the rehabbing right-hander.
That’s good news, but if you want something better, look no further than Benson’s teammate, 31-year-old southpaw Les Walrond, the International League’s best pitcher over the month of July. Walrond threw eight shutout innings Tuesday, making it three-straight shutouts for the journeyman left-hander. Earlier in the month, he struck out 17 in a complete-game shutout. For July, he’s 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 43/12 K/BB ratio.