Jul 222011
Phillies 3B Placido Polanco

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (photo: Rdikeman)

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Variety of trade options available for Phillies

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.

Phillies face issues to resolve in upcoming homestand

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.

Polanco has shots to relieve pain; Blanton to be re examined by team doctor

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.

Closer situation, homestand, Rollins

July 22 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury

In recent years, ever since they started rubbing elbows with baseball’s big boys – heck, they are one of baseball’s big boys – the Phillies have focused on trying to win that season’s World Series.  But it is the responsibility of any organization to keep an eye on future seasons, as well. The Phillies have done that. No matter how much you detested the Cliff Lee trade of December 2009, it was made partly because the Phils‘ management had an eye toward the future and wanted to restock a farm system that had become thin after several big trades. In approaching trades, Phillies officials are always looking to obtain players they can control for more than one season.

Gillick in Hall due to trades big and small

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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