John Lannan turned in two impressive performances before the All-Star break. The Phillies will turn to him Wednesday as they try to snap a three-game skid.
Lannan has gone eight innings in each of his last two starts, and he allowed one run in those 16 innings. The lefty -- who spent two months on the disabled list earlier in the season -- lowered his ERA from 5.15 to 3.76.
The Phillies are still in the process of figuring out what they'll do before next Wednesday's Trade Deadline, so this week proves vital. Despite starting the second half with a 13-run outpouring and a win Friday against the Mets, the Phillies have lost three in a row and remain seven games back in the National League East.
Meanwhile, veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook will take the mound for the Cardinals, who will try to pad their NL-best 60-37 mark.
Westrbook started off his second half with a win Friday against the Padres. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, and also managed a 3-for-3 performance at the plate with a double and an RBI.
"I had a lot of fun out there," Westbrook said of his successful offensive performance. "It was the first time I had run the bases that much since high school."
Phillies: Running low on options in bullpen
The Phillies' bullpen was dealt yet another blow Tuesday as left-handed reliever Joe Savery hit the disabled list with stiffness in his left elbow.
Savery joins Mike Adams, Michael Stutes and Jeremy Horst as Phillies relievers on the DL. The team promoted Raul Valdes from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Savery. Valdes had a 7.65 ERA in 10 appearances with the Phillies earlier this season.
The Phillies entered Tuesday with a 4.36 bullpen ERA, the third-worst mark in the Majors. Closer Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo are the only two relievers on the active roster who have not spent time this season in the Minor Leagues.
It's possible the Phillies will add an arm to their bullpen in the next week or so, and the team is looking at options beyond just trades.
They are one of a handful of teams that will watch free-agent reliever Brian Wilson throw a bullpen session Thursday. Wilson had Tommy John surgery last year, but is a three-time All-Star and helped the Giants win the 2010 World Series.
Cardinals: Holliday plans to return this weekend
Matt Holliday will have to wait a few more days for his DL stint to officially be over, but he said he will be ready to play when he's eligible Saturday.
"I feel like the last couple of days have been just really good," Holliday said Tuesday. "I'll be ready to go [Saturday]. I'm ready to go right now."
The outfielder injured his right hamstring while running out a ground ball on July 11 against the Cubs, and Saturday will be the first day he can return to the Cardinals' lineup.
Holliday, a six-time All-Star, is hitting .268 with 13 homers and 47 RBIs this season.
• With three hits, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley hit safely in his sixth straight game Tuesday. During that span, Utley is hitting .400 (10-for-25), with two home runs and six RBIs.
• The Cardinals won their 60th game of the season Tuesday. They did not win their 60th game of 2012 until Aug. 6.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.