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Ruben Amaro Jr. offers frank assessment of moribund Phillies

Ruben Amaro Jr. watched his team stumble to their 13th loss in 16 games Sunday. And, on Monday, he was ready to unload on his underachieving bunch.

Ruben Amaro Jr. offers frank assessment of moribund Phillies

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere and left fielder Domonic Brown. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere and left fielder Domonic Brown. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

MILWAUKEE — Ruben Amaro Jr. followed the Phillies here after stops in Miami and Pittsburgh yielded gruesome baseball. The Phillies general manager watched his team stumble to their 13th loss in 16 games Sunday. And, on Monday, he was ready to unload on his underachieving bunch.

"It's disappointing, particularly the offense," Amaro said at Miller Park. "What more can you say other than we're not swinging the bats very well. I didn't anticipate our guys being this poor. Because they are. They are this poor.

"We think that they're better. But they haven't shown it. So at some point we're going to have to make some changes. Some guys, once they are ready to play, may be factors for us."

When asked which players were on his mind, Amaro mentioned Darin Ruf, Freddy Galvis and Grady Sizemore. Both Ruf and Sizemore are at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sizemore could join the team before the All-Star break. Ruf's return from a broken wrist will come later in the month. And Galvis, who broke his collarbone, is nearing games.

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Another potential option is 21-year-old prospect Maikel Franco, whose bat has shown recent life at triple A. He is hitting just .223 with a .624 OPS this season but has 9 hits in his last 21 at bats following a two-day mental rest.

"He's swinging the bat well," Amaro said. "Hey, listen, I'm looking for people who can swing the bat. Because we're not doing it here. If he gets to the point where he starts swinging the bat consistently, he's a guy who could be in play, too."

Both Franco and Cody Asche play third base. Could they both fit in the Phillies lineup?

"Yeah," Amaro said, "because [Franco] could play first base, too."

Amaro categorized his front office being "active already" in trade discussions with other clubs.

"There's still interest in our guys," he said.


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