"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.