As other teams deal,Gillick not ruling out more Phillies moves

Posted: July 31, 2007

CHICAGO - The Braves have apparently acquired slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Texas Rangers and are reportedly on the verge of acquiring another closer-quality reliever, Octavio Dotel, from the Kansas City Royals.

The Mets are believed to be close to getting second baseman Luis Castillo from the Minnesota Twins before today's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trading deadline comes and goes.

"They have to do what they have to do," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said with a shrug yesterday. "We have to do what we can do. It doesn't matter. We can't worry about what Atlanta and somebody else is going to do. They have to take care of their needs and we have to take care of our needs the best we can."

Gillick got second baseman Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox on Friday, a day after Chase Utley broke his hand. He got righthander Kyle Lohse from the Reds yesterday, presumably to take J.D. Durbin's spot in the rotation.

There still exists a perception that, if the Phillies hope to keep up with the other top teams in their division, they still must add a reliever. And Gillick isn't ruling that out.

"It might be a possibility," he said, noncommittally. "In all likelihood, somebody will probably get a reliever. I don't know that there is a bundle of good relievers sitting out there. I don't know that they're available, quite frankly."

The Phillies have been able to add players so far by dealing minor league pitchers: Class A Lakewood's Michael Dubee for Iguchi and Double A Reading's Matt Maloney for Lohse.

To add a front-line reliever might take somebody off the big-league roster, and outfielder Michael Bourn is well aware that his name has come up in trade rumors. He said he wasn't losing any sleep over the approaching trade deadline, however.

"Not really," he said. "I don't have any control over it. I've heard it, but I don't really know what's going on. You just have to take it day by day."

The point could have been moot after Bourn took a nasty spill when he tripped on the bullpen mound chasing a foul fly in the fifth inning. While it first appeared he might be seriously injured, he was able to remain in the game. Greg Dobbs, however, pinch-hit for him in the seventh, so it remains to be seen whether he'll be used as trade bait.

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Ryan Madson, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday after injuring his shoulder during Sunday's win over the Pirates, was examined in Philadelphia yesterday. Ruben Amaro Jr. said the news was positive.

Ryan Madson, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday after injuring his shoulder during Sunday's win over the Pirates, was examined in Philadelphia yesterday. Ruben Amaro Jr. said the news was positive.

"The MRI was not severe," the assistant general manager reported. "It will probably be 2 or 3 weeks without throwing and at least a month without being able to participate at the major league level."

Asked if he expected Madson to be able to pitch again this year, Amaro replied with an emphatic, "Yes."

Geoff Geary, who was recalled from Triple A Ottawa to take Madson's roster spot, had a 2.04 earned run average in 10 games for the Lynx after being optioned on June 30 with a 5.31 ERA overall with the Phils, 8.57 in his last 20 appearances.

"We're looking for Geoff to come back with a little bit of a vengeance," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He seemed to get his aggressiveness back and didn't walk a batter while he was down there [while striking out 18 in 17 2/3 innings]." *

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