07/26/11 7:22 PM ET
Contreras gets injection for arm pain
By Todd Zolecki and Nate Mink / MLB.com
It's unknown how much work the Phillies can get out of Contreras going forward. There is no timetable for him to start a throwing program.
"He's got to hold off for a little while," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "There's some pretty significant soreness just from the injection itself."
Contreras has been on the disabled list since June 20 with a strained right forearm.
Trade or no trade, Manuel likes Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel has worked with plenty of young talents in his coaching career. Kirby Puckett and Jim Thome came to mind Tuesday.
He considered none of them untouchable.
"If the right deal comes along and you can get stronger, I'd do something," he said before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have five days to do something before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. It would be a significant shift in philosophy for the Phillies to acquire somebody like Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran or Padres closer Heath Bell because both can become free agents after the season. If the Phillies are going to trade prospects, they typically trade for players they can control beyond the remainder of the season. That is exactly what they did in 2008 with Joe Blanton, 2009 with Cliff Lee and 2010 with Roy Oswalt.
It also is what they did before acquiring Roy Halladay in December 2009, insisting they sign him to a multiyear extension before sending prospects Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud to Toronto.
That makes Astros outfielder Hunter Pence and Padres reliever Mike Adams much better fits. Of course, how much are the Phillies willing to pay? Domonic Brown, Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart would seem to figure into any conversation.
If the price remains too high for the Phillies, they could go for lesser talents. Or they could come up empty. It would be the first time since 2006 the Phillies would not have acquired a talent before the Deadline.
"I won't be disappointed," Manuel insisted. "I'll take what we got and we'll work like heck with it."
But while the Phillies could use help in the back end of their bullpen, Manuel made it clear he would love a bat.
"I want a guy who can mash," he said. "I want somebody that definitely can improve and balance out our lineup."
Pence is out there. But will they pay the price?
Tests reveal Blanton has nerve inflammation
PHILADELPHIA -- It's becoming less likely Phillies starter Joe Blanton will contribute the rest of the season.
An ultrasound Tuesday revealed some nerve inflammation, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. More nerve tests will be conducted Wednesday to evaluate the extent of the damage.
"He may not [return] and if he comes back, maybe he'll come back in the bullpen," Amaro said. "I don't know if we can get him stretched out enough at this stage in the game to get him back into the rotation."
Blanton has been on the disabled list since May 16. It's his second stint on the DL this year. He was originally sidelined from April 24-May 4 with medial impingement in his right elbow.
"He's been battling this thing for a while," pitching coach Rich Dubee said.
Phillies to pay tribute to Gillick on Wednesday
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will honor former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick before Wednesday's game at Citizens Bank Park.
Gillick was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y. He is the first Phillies executive to receive the honor. The Phillies will offer a historical presentation to Gillick, who will take a victory lap around the field.
Gillick helped engineer the 2008 World Series champions.
The ceremony will be streamed live on phillies.com starting at 6:35 p.m. ET.
John Mayberry Jr. replaced Domonic Brown in the lineup after Giants starter Tim Lincecum became a late scratch. Left-hander Barry Zito started in place of Lincecum for the Giants. The right-handed Mayberry played right field and batted seventh.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.