07/31/12 11:30 PM ET
Blanton wasn't affected by trade rumors
By Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
And as it turned out, though his name had been tossed around a lot in trade rumors, Blanton remained a Phillie when the deadline passed.
"I went out and threw my bullpen [session] like I always do," Blanton said. "That was right around the Trade Deadline time. Nobody stopped me. I guess they would have stopped me if they were going to do something."
Blanton (8-9. 4.59 ERA), whose name had often been connected to the Orioles over the last two days, said the last 24 hours leading to the Deadline were "like any other 24 hours." He added that he has "been in too many trade rumors to think about it."
"It is what it is," he said. "I mean, I was fine with whatever happened. If I stayed, I was happy, if I'm somewhere else, I'm happy. I'm good with whatever. I don't know. I know that's not a very good answer. I just never really thought about it. It was just another day."
On day of deals, Phils reflect on what moves mean
WASHINGTON -- Carlos Ruiz stood by a television in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park and watched part of an MLB Network interview with longtime teammate Shane Victorino, the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A little weird seeing him on there?
"Yeah," Ruiz said on his way out to the field to stretch.
This is new territory for these Phillies, who are accustomed to adding big-time talent just before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. On Tuesday, with their postseason chances next to nil, they traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants.
"You understand the business aspect of the game and the team has needs over the season," first baseman Ryan Howard said. "The relationships that you forge are what's tough. We were teammates, but we were really good friends."
Victorino, a fan favorite, was a big part of the Phillies' success. His first full season was 2006, and the club won five consecutive National League East titles and the 2008 World Series with him in the outfield. He was set to become a free agent at season's end, so his name had been a popular one when it came to trade rumors.
Chase Utley said it was weird not seeing Victorino's face in the clubhouse.
"Shane was a little brother," said Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured Phillie. "He really was. He came over, he always wanted to let me know I was his favorite player. I don't know why. He always wanted to let me know that. I brought him in, let him stay with me when he first came up, and got to watch him flourish. His career isn't over and our run isn't over. We just got a little break in it."
With 60 games left in this disappointing season, the Phillies hope to finish strong and set themselves up well for 2013.
They will also welcome in new faces in outfielder Nate Schierholtz and reliever Josh Lindblom. Outfielder Domonic Brown, who spent parts of the last two seasons with Philadelphia, was also promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
But can the Phillies bounce back next season?
"Oh, most definitely," said left-hander Cole Hamels, who signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension last week. "We have a good group of core guys. We've got some of the best starting pitching. It's just a matter of keeping guys healthy and taking this as a lesson to go out and play better and stay healthy and give it everything we possibly have, because it's not fun losing. This is kind of the realistic expectations when you're not winning -- things will get taken apart. Hopefully that'll definitely wake guys up."
Schierholtz excited about opportunity with Phils
WASHINGTON -- Though he's moving from a contending team to a club that's all but out of the National League Wild Card race, outfielder Nate Schierholtz said he's looking forward to the opportunity that awaits him in Philadelphia.
Schierholtz was part of the package the Phillies got in return from San Francisco for right fielder Hunter Pence. The former Giant is set to join the club in Washington on Wednesday.
"It's an emotional day for me," Schierholtz said. "I'm going to miss San Francisco. I'm going to miss being a Giant, all my teammates and the fans and all the great memories here that we had, especially 2010, winning the World Series. It's tough leaving, but I'm definitely looking forward to my opportunity in Philadelphia."
Schierholtz, 28, is hitting .257 with five home runs and 17 RBIs this season. He admitted he wanted a little more playing time with the Giants. He figures to get more with the Phillies, who also traded outfielder Shane Victorino on Tuesday.
"I had a great time playing there. I feel like I was able to contribute. As a player, you always want to play more," Schierholtz said. "I was just looking for an opportunity to prove that I can play every day, and I didn't get the feeling I was going to get it in San Francisco all these years."
With Philadelphia, Schierholtz will be reunited with one of his best friends in Kevin Frandsen, a Phillies infielder. Frandsen, who was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week, took part in Schierholtz's wedding. Both grew up in the Bay Area and were in the Giants organization. They were in contact on Tuesday when they found out they would be teammates once again, something that excited both of them.
"It's bittersweet, because honestly, I just came into this situation," Frandsen said. "So it's weird because you know how much Hunter and Shane meant to this team. You understand the hurt and you know that they're in a spot right now where everything's helping out for the organization. ... I'm excited, because it is one of my best friends that I get to play with again. We've done a lot together, playing in the Minor Leagues, playing in Puerto Rico and winter ball, and me being a part of his wedding and staying real close. It's interesting. It's cool."
Following Tuesday's 8-0 win over the Nationals, left-handed relievers Jake Diekman and Joe Savery were optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The move was made to make room for right-hander Josh Lindblom and outfielder Nate Schierholtz, the two Major League-ready pieces the Phillies received in trades for Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence earlier in the day. Diekman was 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 23 games with the Phillies this season, while Savery, a former first-round pick, was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
For the time being, Antonio Bastardo will be one of two left-handers in the bullpen, along with Jeremy Horst, and the club will carry three catchers in Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider and Erik Kratz.
Schneider was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Nationals. Schneider had been out with a right ankle sprain since June 24. He went 4-for-22 with two doubles and two RBIs in six rehab games with Class A Clearwater.
With Brown's promotion on Tuesday, that makes seven Phillies on the active roster who began the season with Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies traded Lehigh Valley catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to the Toronto Blue Jays for no compensation on Tuesday. Gosewisch was hitting .192 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 65 games with the IronPigs.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.