7/24/2014 12:22 A.M. ET
Phillies keeping tabs on Tigers prospects
By Todd Zolecki and Austin Laymance / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies scouts are pretty much everywhere these days, watching Minor League prospects from every team that might be a trade partner before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Double-A Reading played Erie on Wednesday afternoon in Erie, Pa., and the Phillies had a scout there to watch Tigers right-hander Jake Thompson and possibly others. Thompson later went to the Rangers in a trade that got the Tigers right-hander Joakim Soria, but the Tigers could still be looking for bullpen help.
They have been interested in left-hander Antonio Bastardo.
Papelbon unconcerned by struggles, trades
PHILADELPHIA -- Jonathan Papelbon made it crystal clear he wants to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Why would anybody want to play on a losing team, he said recently.
But the past couple of games have not helped his cause. A night after he blew his third save of the season in a 9-6 loss to the Giants in 14 innings at Citizens Bank Park, he allowed three runs in the ninth inning in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Giants. It was the first time he allowed runs in back-to-back appearances this season after allowing runs in only three of his first 39 appearances.
"I think if you were to put an entire season into two games it would be pretty dumb," Papelbon said.
Papelbon is 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 23 saves in 26 opportunities, so he could help a contending team. But with the Tigers acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers on Wednesday and the Angels recently acquiring Huston Street from the Padres, there are fewer and fewer landing spots for the Phillies' closer.
"Nope," he said, asked if the news about Soria disappointed him. "I have no control over that. I don't worry about things in life I have no control over."
On Wednesday, Papelbon hit Michael Morse with a 0-1 fastball before striking out the next two batters he faced. After pinch-runner Gregor Blanco stole second base, Papelbon intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to put runners on first and second.
He walked pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez on six pitches to load the bases for Hunter Pence.
Papelbon threw a 2-2 slider that was a strike to almost everybody, but home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza called it a ball. Two pitches later, Pence doubled to right field to clear the bases and break the scoreless tie.
The game was over as Papelbon contemplated the possibility of remaining in Philly after the 31st.
"I have no control over it," he said. "I love the bullpen that I'm in right now. I love the guys down there. To me, it makes no difference. Whatever happens, happens. I have no control over that. What are you going to do? I don't really worry about it. I try to prepare every day and do my best. Let the hits land where they land and let the umpires call the calls they call."
Phils activate Ruiz from DL, recall Aumont
PHILADELPHIA -- After Carlos Ruiz missed almost a month because of a concussion, the Phillies reinstated the catcher from the disabled list Wednesday.
"He's feeling good and he's ready to go," said manager Ryne Sandberg, who batted Ruiz in the No. 5 hole against the Giants. "It will be nice to have his presence back there behind the plate as a veteran guy. Obviously, he knows the pitchers. It should make a difference."
Ruiz went 2-for-3 in the Phillies' 3-1 loss Wednesday. He had gone 0-for-19 before going on the disabled list June 27.
The Phillies also recalled right-hander Phillippe Aumont from Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Giants. Aumont, in his second stint with the Phils this year, had a 3.86 ERA in 29 appearances with the IronPigs.
"He's been throwing strikes better," Sandberg said. "He's been doing pretty well in multiple-inning outings, which is good."
To make room for Ruiz and Aumont on the 25-man roster, Philadelphia optioned catcher Cameron Rupp to Lehigh Valley and designated right-hander Jeff Manship for assignment. Manship made the Opening Day roster but had a 6.65 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen. The Phillies have 10 days to trade Manship, place him on waivers or release him.
"He had his good outings and he had his not-so-good outings," said Sandberg, who expressed his desire for Manship to remain in the organization and go to Lehigh Valley.
• Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. received a cortisone injection in his left wrist Wednesday morning. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He said the wrist has been bothering him recently, but despite treatment it never improved. He said he will rest a week before testing the wrist again.