Veteran swing-man Nelson Figueroa returns to Philadelphia to replace Chad Durbin, who heads to the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Meanwhile, Dane Sardinha gets his first start behind the plate this afternoon. Last night's hero Jimmy Rollins also sits, giving way to Wilson Valdez at short.
Beerleaguer: Happy Quad-A Day everyone. Figgy and Dane are here. Shelley Duncan is stopping by. We ordered cake in the shape of Ryan Langerhans. Figgy was pitching very well as a starter in Triple-A (3-0, 0.95), but that's nothing new. When he crosses the line, he's a fringe performer. Luckily, Durbin's injury isn't serious. Right now, the Phillies just need someone who can eat innings, and today's starter, Joe Blanton, has been blown up more often than not. So the Phils reached for their old paint. As for Sardinha, he was outhitting Paul Hoover in the minors, but not by much. They each had identical .289 on-base percentages. Hopefully, the Hawaiian catcher gets a couple hits the way Hoover did earlier in the season.