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Joe Blanton has elbow inflammation, shut down 3-4 weeks

May 25, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

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The Phillies sent starter Joe Blanton to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in the hope of getting some answers about what is continuing to cause discomfort in the right-hander’s throwing elbow.

Those visits can sometimes lead to a recommendation of Tommy John surgery.

This one did not.

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Blanton will avoid surgery but can’t begin a throwing program for another 3-4 weeks. He will struggle to return to full health before the All-Star break.

Blanton has posted a 5.50 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in six starts this season as the Phillies’ fifth starter. Vance Worley has assumed that role for the time being and has pitched pretty well in a small sampling. With a stacked top four in the rotation and a lineup that is getting healthier, the Phils only need an innings eater.

  1. kcq101 - May 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Bitter sweet. I want Worley to remain in the line-up and prosper. But short of a miracle or GM incompetence, there is no way the Phightins can market him as trade bait for a bat/middle relief with his compensation.

    Hoping Worley does well in JB’s absence, I hope we don’t trade him away, given his promise and the risk that Oswalt retires.

    Nonetheless, I wish Blanton good health.

    • kcq101 - May 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      Clarification: When I refer to “marketing him as trade bait, etc.,” I meant Blanton.

  2. cup0pizza - May 26, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Blanton sucks anyway. Unfortunately, this is good news for Filthadelphia.

  3. trigdaddy - May 26, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Its alright. We have Valdez

    • kcq101 - May 26, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      Epic. Aside from Oswalt’s left-field appearance, this was one of the more entertaining half-innings ever, from an “Ripleys Believe it or Not” perspective. Was it un-fan of me to wish for no runs on the Phil’s part, just so I could see Valdez pitch again? Perhaps. But that inning was too much fun.

      • trigdaddy - May 26, 2011 at 1:57 AM

        Well, it’s a game I will never forget. From Baez arguably pitching his best relief appearance in his career, and then seeing Valdez get Votto and Bruce out. Just great.

  4. halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Post All-Star break return, my guess. Never want to lose a starting pitcher that can eat innings, as well as a lot of food, but, with the depth of the Phillies starting staff, we can easily absorb this for now.

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