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Joe Blanton set to make final rehab appearance

Apr 26, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Sidelined since the end of spring training with an oblique injury, Joe Blanton is scheduled to make his third and final minor league rehab start Wednesday. Blanton threw just three innings in his previous outing, so he’ll need to increase his pitch count significantly in order to rejoin the Phillies’ rotation as planned next week.
Kyle Kendrick will almost surely be bumped from the rotation once Blanton is ready to return. He turned in another poor performance yesterday, giving him a 7.71 ERA and 9/9 K/BB ratio in 18.2 innings while allowing opponents to hit .316 with a .983 OPS against him. By comparison, for his career Alex Rodriguez has hit .305 with a .965 OPS, so Kendrick has basically turned every hitter he’s faced this season into a slightly better version of Rodriguez.
Current fourth starter Jamie Moyer also hasn’t been particularly effective, but has gone six innings in each of his three starts and sports a 5.00 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio overall. Opponents have hit .257 with a .723 OPS versus Moyer, so the Phillies won’t have much of a decision to make when it comes to bumping a pitcher from the rotation to clear room for Blanton. Philadelphia sits atop the NL East at 11-7, 1.5 games ahead of Florida, New York, and Washington.

  1. Jonny5 - Apr 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Thank the Lord, Praise Allah, and Budda’s graciousness, Joe Blanton will be back soon. Phew! Now Gator, please don’t pull out any more of those Voodoo dolls you get from your corner Cabala outlet store please. Mmmmmmkay?

  2. Utley's hair - Apr 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    And yet, our bullpen still sucks. But at least the time of games will drop significatly.
    By the way, has anybody told Craig that apparently the Braves are no longer in the NL East?
    (captcha: clumsily rename)

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