Phils not expecting to make waiver move
GM Amaro more concerned with getting pitchers healthy
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies still have time to tweak their 25-man roster before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.
They have had success in Augusts past. They got Jamie Moyer, Jeff Conine and Jose Hernandez in 2006, Russell Branyan in '07 and Scott Eyre and Matt Stairs in '08. But while Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday it is possible that the club could find help before the deadline, it also seems unlikely.
"We have to keep an eye on that, but I'm more concerned with getting these guys healthy," said Amaro, referring to injured relievers Brett Myers, J.C. Romero and Clay Condrey. "I'd be surprised if we had an opportunity to add any more pitching."
The Phillies could use a right-handed-hitting utility infielder for the bench. Eric Bruntlett is hitting .129 (11-for-85) with six RBIs.
"We'll keep an eye on the waiver wire," Amaro said. "We have put in claims on certain players. Some to block. Some we had direct interest in. But we're in a place right now, fortunately, where we don't get a whole lot of priority [on waivers] because of our record. We'll keep an eye on it and see if there are ways to improve the club."
Amaro said the Phillies don't have interest in right-hander John Smoltz, who the Cardinals could sign as a setup man.
Players in the Phillies organization before the Aug. 31 deadline are eligible to play for the Phils in the postseason.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.