MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - INSIDE PITCH


WASHINGTON -- The uniform of pitcher Cliff Lee, the starting pitcher Thursday, hung in the left corner of the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse.

Just inside the clubhouse were the threads of pitcher A.J. Burnett and toward the back of the spacious room was the uniform of Cole Hamels, another Phillies' starter.

The Thursday trading deadline came and went and -- surprise -- the Phillies did not make any moves.

On the first-base side of Nationals Park, the first-place Nationals traded reserve infielder Zach Walters to the Cleveland Indians for All-Star Asdurbal Cabrera, expected to play second for Washington.

The Phillies began the day 12 1/2 games back of Washington in the National League East by Philadelphia could not make any deals. It was five years ago that the Phillies acquired Lee, the well-travelled left, in a deal with Cleveland.

But there were no deals this year. Perhaps there was a sense of relief, as the last-place Phillies went out and collected 17 hits in a 10-4 win over first-place Washington.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. addressed a large contingent of Philadelphia media in the visitor's dugout before Thursday's game. He was asked if he was disappointed that no trades were made.

"I'm not disappointed. More surprised. Our goal is to try and improve the team," he said. "We will see how things go the next month or so."

"I am in charge of the 25 players I have on the roster. I have no control over" possible trades, said manager Ryne Sandberg, standing near the third-base line before batting practice Thursday. "It is a whirlwind of a scenario. Now we go forward."

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MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 48-61

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Phillies (RHP Roberto Hernandez, 5-8, 4.14 ERA) at Nationals (RHP Doug Fister, 10-2, 3.69 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Cliff Lee made the start Thursday, hours after the trade deadline passed. He was traded at the deadline in 2009, on July 29, from Cleveland to Philadelphia and then joined the Phillies again prior to the 2011 season. He left the game in the third inning with the reoccurrence of a left flexor pronator strain. He gave up one hit in 2 2/3 innings and threw just 31 pitches, 24 for strikes. "It is pretty much the same thing it was before," said Lee, standing his locker after the game. "I felt it barely warming up. It came on a little stronger the last six or seven pitches. I felt if I kept throwing something was going to snap." Lee, with an ERA of 3.65 and 4-5 record, had fanned four of the first nine batters and gave up one hit before Antonio Bastardo took over in the third. The Phillies scored five runs in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. "Obviously I am worried about it," Lee said. "Body-wise I felt good. I was thinking (the previous injury) was gone. I would have to say that's the case" his season may be over. Said manager Ryne Sandberg: "He will be evaluated (Friday) and then see a doctor here Saturday. I'm not going to make any judgments or anything (about the DL). It is pretty similar to last time. He was actually throwing the ball pretty well. He felt good, his body felt good."

--RHP Roberto Hernandez will start against the Nationals on Friday in Washington. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.61 in his career against the Nationals and in his last start he went seven innings and gave up four hits and two runs in a 4-2 win against Arizona.

--1B Darin Ruf got the start again at first over Ryan Howard, who was not traded prior to the Thursday deadline. Ruf entered game with average of .136. Ruf was 1-for-4 and his average is .154.