ST. LOUIS -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had lengthy closed-door meetings separately Wednesday with manager Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff.
Not unusual, he said.
That is true. He regularly meets with Manuel and his coaching staff after games, but this one seemed to be a bit different considering the circumstances. The Phillies had lost four consecutive games leading into Wednesday's Trade Deadline. Amaro has maintained the Phillies will try to buy, but a poor week could have changed their thinking.
"We have to keep an open mind where we're going to go," he said before Thursday's game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. "We'd like to add to this club and improve it. We've had a lot of rough injuries. A lot of it will depend when Dom [Brown] can come back. We'll have to assess it as the Deadline gets closer. We always have to look to improve the club. That's always the focus. How aggressively we do that, we'll have to see as we get closer to the 31st."
He denied a report that they were close to acquiring Orioles outfielder Chris Dickerson in a trade.
In fact, he said the Phillies were not close to acquiring anybody.