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Joe Blanton scratched Thursday with lingering elbow issues

May 19, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

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The Phillies made a last-second change before their Thursday evening game against the visiting Rockies, scratching right-hander Joe Blanton from his scheduled start and replacing him with long reliever Kyle Kendrick. The news comes via Dave Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Blanton spent a little over two weeks on the disabled list in late April and early May because of an impingement of his right elbow. Either that injury is not fully healed or the Phillies are simply playing it safe with the 30-year-old because of the rainy conditions that are expected to hover around the Philadelphia area for most of the evening. A slick turf can often lead to injury setbacks.

Kendrick, 26, has posted a strong 1.64 ERA in 22 total innings this year despite an ugly 6/12 K/BB ratio. He’s made two starts and looked fairly sharp in both of them, but the Rockies will provide a big test.

UPDATE: According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the Phillies have confirmed that Blanton is again dealing with elbow issues. It’s not yet known if he is going to need another stint on the disabled list.

  1. volcom2143 - May 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Fat Joe and the terror squad need some offense . Watching the phils right now is painful . Hurry up chase phucking utley!!!

    • halladaysbicepts - May 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      I’m watching the game right now. Kendrick already out of the game giving up (2) hr. to Giambi. 5-0 Rockies. Not even in the 5th inning yet.

      Fat Joe can pitch. He’s just being difficult. Elbow soreness. Give me a break. Probably still hung over from the side of beef he ate today.

  2. xmatt0926x - May 19, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Baez remains consistent however…. 2 more runs given up. Baez, Herndon, Kendrick, Zagurski. 4 stiffs who should never grace a MLB baseball field again.. I guess we have to wait a few weeks for Kendricks next nice outing and have to hear “see? he’s not so bad if you give him a chance!” . The only bright light of tonights game is finally after all this time seeing Baez in his rightful role….mop-up slob taking one for the team. He should never be in a game where the run differential is less than 6 runs.

    • halladaysbicepts - May 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Agree with everything you said. Those 4 slobs you mentioned are AAA players at best. And, this offense is woeful to watch night in and night out.

      Worley should have never been sent down and Blanton should have done rehab in Clearwater.

      • kellyb9 - May 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

        Hindsight is always 20-20. Worley seems to be their 6th starter in a manner of speaking, but I think I’d prefer that he start as frequently as possible in the minors rather than come in as a long reliever for those rare occasions that a guy like Kyle Kendrick could mop up.

  3. Roger Moore - May 19, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    That’s now three dingers for Giambi. Struck out in his fourth AB, but he should get a fifth.

  4. xmatt0926x - May 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Giambi looks as big as a house. I remember when he was roiding and he was a monster. Then he shrunk to a skeleton along with Pudge Rodriguez and all the other roiders that one year when they really cracked down but now he’s a beast again. Must be them cheeseburgers. You have to admire Kendrick though. No reason to ever be on a major league roster yet he’ll walk away a millionaire in a few years with a 6 era for his career. God bless America.

  5. purdueman - May 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    The Phillies were fools to not have dumped overpaid, underperforming Joe Blanton way back in spring training. No he has about all the trade value of Lastings Millage!

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