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July 22 MLB.com
Jimmy Rollins takes no offense when he hears people say the Phillies must improve their offense before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. “You can have a perfect team and they’re always going to try to find something else out there to add to it,” he said following Wednesday’s 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “They like to talk, and we like to play. As long as we do our part and [the front office does] their part, it’ll all come together for the betterment of the team.” The Phillies are looking for a right-handed bat and a relief pitcher, although it is unlikely they add both.
July 22 LehighValleyLive.com
The Philadelphia Phillies open a 10-game homestand against the dismal San Diego Padres, the well-armed San Francisco Giants and the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates with more than the usual number of issues to sort out for a team with the best record in baseball. It is quite likely that the Phillies will open their next road trip in Colorado on Aug. 1 with the team they’ll take into the postseason. So these next 10 games could be critical to determine who fills what roles down the stretch.
July 22 CSN Philly
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had a series of injections to relieve pain and swelling caused by a bulging disc in his lower back on Thursday. Polanco, out of the lineup since early this month, will be evaluated over the next few days. Injections such as these usually take a day or two to work, but they generally work quite well. Phils pitcher Roy Oswalt, who has also been sidelined by a bulging disc, recently had a series of injections in his back and is now feeling much better as he works his way back to the team’s starting rotation.
July 22 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury
July 22 Camden Courier-Post
There’s a different energy that surrounds these final few days of July for Pat Gillick. The trade deadline is near, and few general managers in recent history have made better use of those frantic final days and hours than Gillick has throughout his long career in baseball. In fact, even this year, in his role as a special assistant to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Gillick is a part of the front office’s final push to create a champion.
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