PHILADELPHIA -- Ruben Amaro Jr. keeps trading familiar faces. And he continues to say that this shouldn't be taken as a signal that the Phillies have given up on the season, even though they started play Friday night in last place in the National League East and 11 games under .500.
"I remain optimistic that we can get back in this," Amaro said after announcing that right-hander Joe Blanton had been sent to the Dodgers in a waiver trade. "It's a daunting task, as I've said before. It will be difficult. We still have a lot of talent on our club. We'll see how it goes.
"We're still in a position that we're not mathematically eliminated or anything like that. And this club still has a lot of talent. So we'll see how they play. I think this stuff about us auditioning players is a little overblown. We're just going to put guys out there, give them a chance and see what they can do."
Starting outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence were dealt before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.