And just when the Phillies were feeling the flow ...
CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury has received word that Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be out of the lineup tonight when the Phillies open a three-game set with the Diamondbacks. Charlie Manuel told Salisbury that his foot is "sore and bruised" but will not require a trip to the disabled list. J-Roll suffered a contusion when he fouled a ball off his foot yesterday. Although he was clearly hobbled, he played through the pain and finished the game. Afterward, X-Rays taken on J-Roll’s foot were negative. Wilson Valdez will reportedly start at short tonight. (Getty Images)
Castro: In other news, the Dodgers signed infielder Juan Castro to a minor league deal. Castro, 38, was released by the Phillies last Saturday when Placido Polanco came off the disabled list. The veteran infielder, who spent last season with the Dodgers, hit .198/.237/.238 and saw limited action at short, second and third.
Hot stove update: On the trade front and in case you haven’t read, a rumor that Jayson Werth had been traded to the San Diego Padres picked up momentum during yesterday’s game. According to Randy Miller of the Bucks County Courier Times, a tweet “originated from Bill Werdl, a veteran Philadelphia-area media member who is known for his NFL Draft expertise, had Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth traded to San Diego for prospects.” The report wasn’t completely out of the blue; Werth and the Padres have been linked in previous stories. But with the Phillies rattling off five-straight wins, conventional wisdom seems to have the Phillies keeping Werth for the stretch run. In addition, the $16 million club option and no-trade clause appear to be significant roadblocks in the Phillies’ pursuit of Roy Oswalt.