Rudy Seanez has been placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation. He joins Pedro Feliz and Tom Gordon on the DL, and suddenly the Phillies are nicked, bruised and battered.
In his place the Phils have called up Les Walrond, a 31-year-old lefty Minor League journeyman. Walrond has been with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season, and struck out 17 batters against Louisville on July 6.
From Muskogee, Okla., Walrond’s full name is Leslie Dale Walrond. He had two cups of coffee in his career, with Kansas City and the Cubs. Both times he wasn’t that effective. Drafted by Saint Louis, he’s mainly played in the minors since 1998, and this year for Lehigh Valley was 5-7 with a 2.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. Not sure if he can fill out the left-handed specialist role â€” lefties have a .252 average against him, righties are hitting .225.