The Phillies made a minor move, acquiring infielder John McDonald from the Indians. He'll join the team Friday in L.A., where the Phils open a four-game set Thursday.
A utility infielder, McDonald has mostly played shortstop in his career but can also man second or third base. He appeared in just eight games for Cleveland this year, 24 combined between the Pirates and Indians, and has just two hits in 38 at-bats.
To make room for McDonald on the 40-man roster, the Phillies outrighted catcher Steven Lerud. It's unclear who will be bumped tomorrow from the 25-man roster when he joins the team.
Lifetime, the 38-year-old is a .236/.274/.327 hitter. In return, Cleveland receives a player to be named later or cash considerations. This is the third time McDonald has been traded in the past three and a half months.
Thursday, Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) will make perhaps his most important start of the year — at least for him personally — as he takes the mound against Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79) and the Dodgers.
With Carlos Zambrano looming in the minor leagues, Thursday may be Pettibone's last chance to make a bid to stay in the Phillies' starting rotation.
After a solid start in the bigs, Pettibone cooled off considerably, picking up three losses in four games (19.1 IP, 15 ER, 27 H, 11 K, 9 BB). But he threw well his last time out, limiting the Mets to one run and five hits in a game in which he should've earned his fourth win.
Zambrano, who pitches Friday for Lehigh Valley, has already made three starts for the IronPigs and has allowed six runs and 16 hits in 17 innings while striking out 17 and walking nine. He can opt out of his minor-league deal if he isn't promoted to the Phillies by July 1.
Dutch diagnosed with brain
Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with two brain tumors and is in the intensive-care unit at Jefferson University Hospital. According to Vai Sikahema of NBC 10, via CSNPhilly.com, one of the tumors is inoperable.
The former Phillies catcher and current radio personality for 97.5 FM The Fanatic played for the Phillies from 1983-1997 and was, of course, a key member of the 1993 National League championship team. He was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010.
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Chase Utley, 2B
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Delmon Young, RF
7) Kevin Frandsen, 3B
8) Humberto Quintero, C
9) Jonathan Pettibone, P
1) Skip Schumaker, 2B
2) Yasiel Puig, RF
3) Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4) Matt Kemp, CF
5) Andre Ethier, LF
6) A.J. Ellis, C
7) Juan Uribe, 3B
8) Nick Punto, SS
9) Zack Greinke, P