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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-07-29

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-07-29
--LHP J.C. Romero has been the only lefty reliever in the Phillies bullpen all season. That might be about to change. The Phillies are on the verge of recalling LHP J.A. Happ from Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Happ, a starter throughout his career, could be used in the bullpen. And with the clock ticking to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, GM Pat Gillick reiterated that he's still hopeful of acquiring a lefty reliever to "give Romero some breathing room." And there's also a possibility something might happen after Thursday. If the Phillies are unable to work a deal for Colorado's Brian Fuentes, Kansas City's Ron Mahay, Pittsburgh's John Grabow, Baltimore's George Sherrill or another reliever before Thursday, there's a chance that several pitchers will clear waivers and be available via trade in August. In 2006, the Phillies made two trades after July 31, acquiring LHP Jamie Moyer on Aug. 19 and OF Jeff Conine on Aug. 27. "Hopefully we can do that," Gillick said of finding another lefty. "All I can say is we're talking, and as long as we continue to talk, there's always a possibility something will transpire."

--SS Jason Donald and C Lou Marson, two of the Phillies' top prospects, have joined Team USA for the Olympics in Beijing next month. The U.S. team will face Canada in four pre-Olympic games beginning Friday in Cary, N.C., before heading to China. Class AAA Lehigh Valley pitchers R.J. Swindle and Steve Green were named to the Canadian Olympic team. "To have the opportunity to represent the country, there isn't any bigger thrill than that," Donald said in a teleconference last week. "Ultimately, it comes down to this is a business trip, and we are going over there to win a medal." Said GM Pat Gillick, "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those players. Every game is like the seventh game (of the World Series). From a developmental standpoint, I think it raises it to a higher intensity."

--RHP Brett Myers on Tuesday night will make his second start since being called from the minors. Myers, 3-9 with a 5.82 ERA, allowed three runs in five innings last Wednesday night against the New York Mets and received a no-decision. He walked four batters in the first inning and lasted only five innings. "I thought he was all right," GM Pat Gillick said. "I didn't think he was great. I thought he hung in there good. I didn't think his control of his fastball was very good."

--SS Jimmy Rollins and CF Shane Victorino each went 2-for-4 with a home run and combined to score five runs in Sunday's 12-10 victory over the Braves. The Phillies are 25-8 this season when Rollins, their leadoff hitter, scores a run. It's a fact that isn't lost on manager Charlie Manuel. "When they get on, we're definitely a different offensive ballclub," Manuel said. "We can get guys in scoring position, and we can manufacture runs that way. They definitely set the table for us. Effort creates energy, and that's what they give us."

BY THE NUMBERS: 20 -- Pinch-hits for Greg Dobbs through Sunday. That total leads the majors and ties a 94-year-old Phillies record for pinch-hits in a season set by Doc Miller in 1913.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. But rules are rules. I commend Charlie for standing up to the rules that he has, and I think we all need to be accountable to that. You create who you are in the clubhouse by how you act and the way you carry yourself." -- LHP Jamie Moyer on the benching of tardy SS Jimmy Rollins last Thursday in New York.

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