Houston Astros' Pedro Feliz hits a two-run double as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Snyder, left, awaits the pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals got some help at third base, acquiring Pedro Feliz from the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher David Carpenter.
The Cardinals also placed catcher Jason LaRue on the 60-day disabled list Thursday. LaRue sustained a concussion in a fracas with the Reds earlier this month.
Felipe Lopez has been starting at third base since David Freese was sidelined by injuries in June and has slumped at the plate and in the field lately.
The 35-year-old Feliz started for the Phillies' 2008 World Series team. He played 97 games for the Astros this season at first base and third base, and was batting .221 with four homers and 31 RBIs. He also has the second-best fielding percentage among third baseman since 2007 at .967.
Carpenter was 5-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 20 saves at Class-A Palm Beach.
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