Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

It looks like Chase Utley's hip is fine. He homered again last night against the Nationals.

Hey, anybody know when the trade deadline is?

Oh, it's today?

At 4 o'clock?

Thanks, I hadn't heard that. Jim Salisbury takes a look at what's on the table for the Phillies, and what's not on the table. Not on the table: Manny Ramirez. On the table: a lefthanded reliever. Keep an eye on San Francisco's Jack Taschner, Kansas City's Ron Mahay and Pittsburgh's John Grabow. Pat Gillick would like to improve the bullpen for the stretch run, and he seems to think a trade is possible -- though not probable. Phillies fans might have to settle for Joe Blanton, whom the Phillies acquired during the all-star break.


Jamie Moyer pitched well again last night in an 8-5 victory over the Nationals, which put the Phillies back in first place in the National League East.


So because Jimmy Rollins didn't talk to reporters over the weekend in Philadelphia, everybody assumed that Rollins is fuming over his benching last week in New York. But Rollins said that isn't the case. He said his relationship with Charlie Manuel is fine, and the past is the past.

"If there was a rift, I think it would affect the team," Rollins said. "I'm not going to affect the team in that way. It's not even worth it. For what? What would come of it?"


In the Phillies Notebook: the trade deadline, including Pudge Rodriguez, and Kyle Drabek returns to the mound and more.