Phillies quiet as waiver trade deadline passes
As rosters expand Saturday, Schierholtz expected to be activated
ATLANTA -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he did not expect to make any moves before Friday's midnight ET waiver trade deadline, and as the deadline passed, no moves were made.
There had been a report outfielder Juan Pierre had cleared waivers, which would allow the Phillies to trade him if they wished.
"I had one brief conversation with a club," he said.
But that does not mean the club will not see a few new faces in the coming days. Rosters can expand beginning Saturday. Outfielder Nate Schierholtz (broken right big toe) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Callups from Triple-A Lehigh Valley or Double-A Reading are expected to come after their seasons are finished.
The Phillies aren't in a rush to make any callups.
"We want to see the guys who are here play," Amaro said.
Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown continues to battle a sore left knee. He was not in Friday's lineup against the Braves at Turner Field.
"He's hurt quite a bit," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz (left foot injury) has been running, but his return remains uncertain.
"He could be activated at some point," Amaro said. "I hope we can activate him. Really, it depends on what the risk is. If we feel like there is a risk if he's playing, that he might tear it, we may not activate him. It's a risk-reward assessment. I know he wants to play. I know he was upset when it happened. I know he's worked hard to be in the position to be activated. But we'll see."
Right-hander Michael Schwimer, who was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week, has told the team he does not feel he can pitch. He has not been placed on the disabled list.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.