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Phillies place Joe Blanton on disabled list with elbow injury

Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

Joe Blanton

Joe Blanton was off to a shaky start as the forgotten man in the Phillies’ star-studded rotation, posting a 5.91 ERA in four starts, and the Phillies just placed him on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vance Worley will be called up from Triple-A to take Blanton’s turn in the rotation tomorrow against the Mets, which means the Phillies are bypassing Kyle Kendrick for the start.

Worley pitched well in a brief stint with the Phillies last season, tossing 13 innings with a 1.38 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio, and the 2008 third-round pick has a 3.44 ERA with solid strikeout and walk numbers in 12 career starts at Triple-A.

In addition to losing Blanton to the DL the Phillies are also unsure if Roy Oswalt will make his next scheduled start after leaving the team to be with his family following the tornadoes near his home in Mississippi.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Because of off days today and Monday, Hamels can pitch on Tuesday on five days rest. and Halladay, Lee and Worley can pitch w-t-f on four days rest. Meaning Oswalt isn’t “needed” until next Saturday. Hopefully, as a fan and a human, that’s plenty of time for Oswalt to straighten out the situation at home

    • purdueman - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

      Oswalt is one weird duck; although it certainly is understandable to look in on family when tornado’s are potentially ravishing your home town, Oswalt though will take any excuse he can get to get out of work. He’s not exactly what I’d call a “championship caliber” player.

      Phillie fans, remember you read it here first. If the Phillies don’t win it all this year, Oswalt will opt out of his contract and will be wearing pinstripes next year as he continues to chase a ring. Nice teammate, huh? (NOT!). “Prima Donna” is a more apt term if you ask me.

      • JBerardi - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

        Yeah, the guy you imagine Roy Oswalt to be is a real jerk.

      • purdueman - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        jberd… yes, Oswalt is a real jerk! Any player who starts bad mouthing potential other teams interested in him (as Oswalt did when the Astro’s started to shop him by saying he won’t go here or he won’t go there given his no trade clause), indeed is a jerk.

        What’s to be gained by throwing other teams under the bus who may not even be interested in trading for you? Answer: Nothing, other than proving to the world that you’re a world class horses ass.

  2. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    there goes the championship,

  3. purdueman - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Joe Blanton… the Phillies $8.5M/year boat anchor.

    It’s too bad that the Phillies couldn’t trade their boat anchor (Blanton), for the Giants even more expensive boat anchor (Rowand), as it would have helped both players and both clubs.

    • dcburden - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM

      I’ll take Zito or Bumgarner over Blanton. If Vogelsong can’t stand up to extended usage, then maybe we talk.

      • purdueman - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        Zito’s contract runs too long to be a match up for Blanton.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    What they need to do is throw halladay on regular rest tomorrow, lee on regular rest on Saturday, and then skip oswalt and use Worley on Sunday. Then go hamels Tuesday and halladay wednesday and lee thursday. If oswalt is ready he goes Next Friday. If not then you have Worley on regular rest next Friday. Using Worley tomorrow night would be stupid when you can keep the studs on regular rest.

    • leftywildcat - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      But one month into the season, they’re in 1st place despite Utley, Brown and Lidge being on the DL the whole month. I wouldn’t mess with the starting rotation yet; let them continue to have an extra days rest for as long as so many key players are on the DL. Give Worley a chance — it’s a home game against the Mets.

  5. xmatt0926x - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    How ironic. Joe finally turns things around in his last 2 starts and he’s injured. Go figure. On the positive side I don’t care if worley does well or not. It’s nice to see a young guy who may have some talent be thrown out there to see how he reacts as opposed to the deer in the headlights act of Kendrick. I know Kendrick has had some good starts in the last few years but we know what we have in him and it’s mediocre at best. Let the young guy get a shot.

    • bleedgreen - Apr 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

      Agree. Worley pitched better Kendrick the end of last season. Granted it was 2 games, but its still something. Kendrick will pitch 2 good games and then implode in the 3rd. People praising his work this year must forget his extra innings relief where he gave up a bunch of runs on his own ERRORS and lost the game for the Phils.

      • FC - Apr 29, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        Lighten up, that was his one bad outing this year, out of 7. Let’s wait how the season progresses before we toss him to the wolves. BTW it was error singular, unless of course you’re referring to the rest of the mess with the wild pitch and hit by pitch.

        Although that brings up a good point. If a pitcher is the fielder who caused an error shouldn’t the runs scored count against him? I mean it’s kind of silly to say: the run doesn’t count because if the fielder hadn’t committed the error an additional out is recorded and the run doesn’t score… but the fielder in question is the pitcher… the same person!

        I mean runs scored because of a wild pitch or a balk are counted against the pitcher right? why not the pitcher’s error? It’s only logical to take into account his entire performance on the field.

  6. Jonny 5 - Apr 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Let’s see. It’s now Lidge, Contreras, Romero, and Blanton. All Dl’d…. Little Roy is on personal leave (what if they need a left fielder late in a game?) Not good.

  7. nicosamuelson2 - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Any word on whether Vance is related to Clarence Worley? I wonder how his eye is doing…

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