Third baseman Pedro Feliz returns from the 15-day disabled list tonight when the two sides square off at 7:05 ET. To make room, left-hander Les Walrond was designated for assignment.
Feliz, who has been sidelined with lower back inflammation since July 29, is not in tonight’s starting lineup; Greg Dobbs gets the start instead. Feliz is hitting .256/.304/.424 with 12 home runs, his best numbers coming off left-handed pitching. Walrond departs to the tune of a 7.11 ERA in 6 1-3 innings.
On the mound, it’s Brett Myers (5-10, 5.02), who’s 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four outings. For Washington, Collin Balester (2-5, 5.06) makes his ninth start and second against the Phils. Lineups are posted, and it appears Charlie Manuel has seen enough Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz bringing down the Phillies’ offense. Jayson Werth gets another start against a right-hander. Chris Coste does the catching. Over the last few days, Manuel has suggested that it's become difficult to justify Ruiz's presence in a lineup that isn't producing.