Last night after the Phillies' 4-2 victory over the Nationals, manager Davey Johnson told me he did not believe his NL East rivals would look much different come August.
Johnson has been around baseball a long time and there isn't much he hasn't seen. So whether the aging Phillies are no longer the juggernaut they were just a few seasons ago, they very much are in the hunt for a playoff spot.
And according to reports, Johnson is right on the money. ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted on Wednesday morning that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has been calling around and asking other clubs about adding to the roster as opposed to selling.
Nope, as of July 10, the Phillies aren't selling.
Carrasco back in minors
Speaking of buying and selling, former Phillies' prospect Carlos Carrasco was designated for assignment late last week and cleared waivers. He will join the Indians' Triple-A club this week.
Carrasco pitched in the Phillies' system from 2004 when he was 17, until the trade deadline during the 2009 season. That's when the Phillies sent Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Lou Marson and Jason Donald to Cleveland for Ben Francisco and Cliff Lee.
Carrasco sat out the entire 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery. In his first year back, the righty posted an 0-4 record and 9.10 ERA in six starts for the Indians. In 11 appearances for Triple-A Columbus, Carrasco is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA.