Scott Lauber reports that after last night's 6-3 loss in St. Louis, the Phillies sent struggling reliever Rudy Seanez to the disabled list and purchased the contract of left-hander Les Walrond from Lehigh Valley:
Seanez has a 7.88 ERA in his last nine appearances. Manuel said he may have injured his shoulder in the ninth inning Thursday night when he fell while tagging the Nationals' Lastings Milledge. Seanez was unavailable for comment, so we'll try to speak to him tomorrow.
Walrond was 5-7 with a 2.61 ERA in 17 starts for Lehigh Valley. He struck out 17 batters July 6 against Louisville. Walrond has appeared in 17 major-league games, most recently with the Cubs in 2006.
Walrond has been exceptional for the IronPigs over the last month-plus. He's surfaced twice previously in the majors, as a reliever for the Royals in 2003 before showing up with the Cubs two years ago. Though he's been a starter in Allentown, he'll pitch out of the bullpen for the Phils. The club now has three lefties in the bullpen, with Walrond joining J.C. Romero and J.A. Happ.
Plus his name sounds like a Lord of the Rings character. What could go wrong?