07/26/10 7:23 PM ET
Phillies eye Oswalt with Haren off market
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Cross Haren off the list.
The D-backs traded him Sunday to the Anaheim Angels, leaving Oswalt as the only starting pitcher the Phillies desire. The Phillies remain a favorite to land Oswalt, according to sources, but it would not be a surprise to see Oswalt remain in Houston. A FOXSports.com report said Oswalt does not want to play in Philadelphia, and a ESPN.com report said Oswalt will insist his $16 million option is picked up.
But those could be negotiating ploys that could change once Saturday's Deadline nears.
There have been reports the Phillies must trade right fielder Jayson Werth to clear salary and acquire prospects to make the Oswalt trade happen. But there are indications the Phillies could trade for Oswalt with their own prospects, absorb his remaining salary for 2010 and still keep Werth.
The Phillies don't seem to want to trade Werth unless they get an impressive return.
Werth is a notoriously streaky hitter, and he recently has shown signs of getting over his slump. He also is the only right-handed power bat in the lineup. If the Phillies traded Werth they would be relying on Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown, who hits left-handed, and reserve outfielders Ben Francisco and Ross Gload to pick up the slack.
If the Phillies cannot make a trade for Oswalt, they will try to improve the bullpen or even acquire an infielder to add punch to a lineup that will be without Chase Utley for four more weeks.
X-rays negative after Rollins fouls ball off foot
PHILADELPHIA -- The last thing the Phillies need is another injury.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins fouled a ball off his left foot in the second inning of Monday's 5-4 victory over the Rockies. He remained in the game, but was limping noticeably in the field.
The Phillies said Rollins, who had missed most of the season with a strained right calf, has a bruised foot. They also said X-rays were negative, but his status for Tuesday's series opener against the D-backs is unknown.
Werth absent from Monday's lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth's absence from Monday's lineup raised a few eyebrows.
First, he is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with five doubles and three RBIs in his past nine games. Werth has not homered since June 23, but he historically has been a streaky hitter. It looks like he finally is starting to heat up.
Second, Werth has been mentioned in trade talks for weeks. Players about to be traded are often held from the lineup to prevent injury. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Werth simply got a day off.
Of course, that did not stop a bogus rumor that Werth had been traded to the San Diego Padres. He wasn't. He entered the Phillies' 5-4 win as a defensive replacement in right field for Ross Gload in the seventh inning.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.