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Cards likely not looking at Phils' arms before Deadline

Cards likely not looking at Phils' arms before Deadline

NEW YORK -- The Phillies seem to have temporarily lost another trade partner.

The Cardinals acquired Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday, which fills a starting pitching need. He is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had told reporters Tuesday that Saturday's starter in Milwaukee could come from outside the organization. Masterson is that guy.

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The Phillies reportedly had a scout Tuesday at Triple-A Memphis, which is the Cardinals' top affiliate. Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett have been available. Lee is unlikely to be moved before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline because he has struggled in two starts since returning from the disabled list. Burnett seemed like a fit for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals could revisit Lee or Burnett in August, with both expected to clear waivers.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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