Kyle Kendrick tries to build on Tuesday's seven-inning shutout effort in the Philiies' season series finale against Randy Wolf and the comparably matched Brewers. First pitch is 2:10 from Miller Park.
Notes: With the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline looming, also marking the date in which a player must be added to teams' rosters in order to qualify for the postseason, it's worth keeping an eye on several Phillies, including one who is starting in left field today. Ty Wigginton gets his first taste of left field and bats fifth in Charlie Manuel's lineup. Left field is actually nothing new to Wigginton, who made 16 starts at the position last season for Colorado and has appeared 75 times, overall, in the outfield over his 11 year career. Wigginton has almost certainly cleared waivers already and could be attractive to teams in need of bench or corner infield help. The Yankees were mentioned as a possibility before the July 31 deadline.
In addition, Placido Polanco, who went 1-for-4 in his third rehab game with Class A Clearwater on Saturday and could be activated Monday, also reportedly drew interest before landing on the disabled list with lower back inflamation. Polanco's glove keeps him top of mind for teams needing a true third baseman, but Manuel, himself, has suggested that Polly couldn't shoulder a full-time load anymore. Kevin Frandsen has also played well in his absence.
Then there's Juan Pierre, who continues to play well in limited chances. Ken Rosenthal's sources suggested that Pierre has not been placed through waivers and would likely get claimed given the relatively small amount left on his contract. However, the Phils could always pull him back in order to receive value for the outfielder. Rosenthal listed the Giants as obvious candidates who would be a fit for Pierre. The Reds were linked to him most in the days leading up to the non-waiver deadline.