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Joe Blanton taking injured elbow to Dr. James Andrews

May 23, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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Scratched from his Thursday start and placed on the disabled list with the same elbow problems that shelved him earlier this season, Joe Blanton will now get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Meeting with Dr. Andrews is never a good thing for a pitcher and beyond that Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the Phillies are still unsure of the problems inside Blanton’s right elbow” and “Blanton expressed some doubt as to what is going on in his elbow.”

In other words no one knows what’s going on, although at this point the decision to let Blanton pitch through elbow pain previously looks like a very questionable call for the pitcher and the team. In between the DL stints Blanton had a 5.50 ERA in six starts.

At the very least he figures to miss a few weeks and even if Dr. Andrews doesn’t discover anything that requires surgery you can be sure the Phillies will be a lot more patient bringing Blanton back this time.

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 23, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    There is a bright side to this. At least Fat Joe is taking his injured elbow to a doctor instead of the Colonel at KFC.

    • purdueman - May 23, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      Actually I heard that Fat Joe switched his allegiances to Popeye’s Chicken because it has a lot more finger lickin’ good grease on it!

  2. CJ - May 23, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    take your time Joe, Worely’s doing just fine. They sent him down to keep him stretched out for exactly this reason.

    • xmatt0926x - May 23, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      CJ you stole my thunder. I was thinking the exact same thing. Please Joe. Think of your future and DONT RUSH BACK. I’d say a good 6 months off is needed here. Thanks for your 2008 contribution Joe. See you at the 25th anniversary ceremony in 2033. Certainly not going to go down as one of Amaro’s better signings. Ohh and Joe, you’ll need some buds to hang out with for the next 6 months. If I was you I’d take Herndon, Baez, and Romero with you.

  3. bjavie - May 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    This is two years in a row now. For a guy who was dubbed “durable” when they brought him in, nonetheless.

    Any chance that last year he was trying to just keep up with Halladay and Hamels and he wore out? And now this year he this year he is trying to keep up with…well, Vance Worley???

    Just quit making Halladay, Lee and Hamels throw 120 pitches and go 9 innings every game. That way you can go with a 4 man rotation and then everytime the bullpen comes in they don’t look like they haven’t pitched in two weeks.

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      When did he wear out last year? in the second half of the year he was 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA. In august and september he was 5-0 with a 3.0 ERA.

      And he has been durable, he’s pitched at least 175 innings for 6 straight years. There probably aren’t a dozen pitchers in the majors that can beat that.

      Just because he’s not an ace, doesn’t mean he’s not useful.

  4. cup0pizza - May 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Blanton is garbage whether healthy or not. Sad to see him shelved.

  5. purdueman - May 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    The most dreaded phrase in all of sport… “Son, you have an appointment tomorrow with Dr. Andrews in the afternoon. Here’s your plane ticket and taxi cab money to/from his office once you land. Be on that plane!”.

    Amaro was a complete and total idiot not to have unloaded Blanton and his huge remaining contract (approximately $17M over this season and next), in spring training when he had the chance!

  6. macjacmccoy - May 24, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Especially since Oswalt isnt out. I understand why they did it last time Oswalt was in Arkansas and then on the DL the offense wasnt hitting the bullpen was down 3 people and Blanton was out. It shouldnt be a problem this time around.

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