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Joe Blanton heading to Philadelphia to get elbow examined

Jul 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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Phillies starter Joe Blanton landed on the disabled list in mid-May with inflammation in his right elbow.

He’s had numerous setbacks since, and now word comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the right-hander is headed back to Philadelphia to have the elbow examined by team physicians.

Blanton has already paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who did not recommend surgery, and he’s undergone a wide range of tests on the elbow, including an ultrasound. But the lack of improvement continues, and is only getting more worrisome.

Blanton, 30, had a 5.50 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in six starts before the elbow problems creeped up on him. The Phillies, meanwhile, have been getting excellent production from fill-in fifth starter Vance Worley.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Saw this coming for awhile now. Rumor has it he re-injured the elbow while attempting to beat Joey Chestnut’s hot dog eating record.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Hey with the signing of Aaron Heilman they no longer need Blanton. AH makes it 5 Aces.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      It’s a minor league contract so whatever on Heilman. They needed somebody to replace Grilli for Lehigh Valley. He does suck though and has pretty much always sucked. Then again Baez and Carpenter are terrible and they are somehow on the roster.

  3. rjb23 - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    The best thing Fat Joe ever did for the Phillies was get injured so that Worley (aka the 5th ace) could take his spot in the rotation.

    10.5 million for this season, and 10.5 million for next season and this guy is so deconditioned that he probably won’t throw another pitch for the Phillies.

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Maybe. We could’ve seen Worley come up from Oswalt getting injured also. And if Blanton hadn’t gotten injured, I bet we would’ve traded him to the Yankees for Jesus Montero, which not only would’ve given us another good prospect, but also would’ve helped lower our team salary and made us more eligable to trade for a bigger contract guy without going over the luxury tax line. The only real reason seeing go down was bad was because we lost all trade value we would’ve had with him, and in our given situation, that would’ve been very helpful.

      • kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

        “Don’t drink and post” -Bicepts 2011.

    • kellyb9 - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      I disagree… Big Joe was a workhorse back in 2008 and 2009. In fact, he’s a big part (no pun intended) of their World Series in 08. Hey, he’s not Roy Halladay, but that guy was a solid number 3 for most teams in the league. He caught the injury bug, and that sucks.

  4. FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Joe Blanton is approaching Adam Eaton territory here. Though he did contribute in ’08, so that’s his saving grace, still it seems like since ’09 he hasn’t been able to contribute more. If the Phillies win the WS and Joe Blanton is knocked out he’ll be in the same position Eaton was when he went to collect his WS ring.

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM

      I don’t think he’s anywhere near Adam Eaton territory.

      I really think Joe Blanton gets a bad wrap solely b/c he’s heavy! The guy came over in 2008 and pitched pretty damn well en route to a World Series championship for the Phils. In 2009, he had pretty good success as well, especially compared to other pitchers on the team, pre-Lee. In 2010, when the Phils got Halladay… and then Oswalt… I think Blanton being compared to them two, in addition to Hamels… just made him look worse than he really was. He definitely had a down year, don’t get me wrong, but he kept the Phillies in games, and usually the wheels came off in the 6th inning (Charlie needed to start planning for that!)

      So, I get that his “out-of-shapeness” is pretty much causing him to decline as an effective pitcher, which, as it should, irk fans b/c he’s making so much money… but, I don’t think he should be anywhere close to Adam Eaton territory!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        Phillies Homer is right. I like to pick on Blanton because he is fat, but I like him and he was a productive pitcher for the Phillies for a few seasons. He is no ace, but he kept the team in games and usually pitched very well down the stretch of the season. Also, he does have a World Series home run.

      • kellyb9 - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        I’m a Phillies fan, but seriously, Philadelphia isn’t happy with a rotation that doesn’t have a hall of famer or cy young winner at the 3, 4, and 5th spot. It’s nice to have this rotation I’ll admit, but it’s highly unusual.

      • Phillies Homer - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        I think another thing is… when we got Blanton, he was pretty much projected to be #3 behind Myers/Hamels… I guess you could argue maybe #4 with Moyer #3… but still… a #3 arm for the amount of money he was making was not ludicrous.

        Then you get some aces in and all of a sudden Joey B gets bumped down to 4th and 5th in the rotation and, in addition to be compared to the aces, you think to yourself… he’s making how much to be our 4th/5th starter??? That’s ludicrous!!

        So, I sympathize with Blanton, not b/c I’m a tad on the out of shape side… but he’s a good pitcher that had expectation levels so highly set b/c of the skill that was around him that, like kellyb stated, took criticism b/c he wasn’t an ace.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Good old Joe kind of reminds me of Pavano when he was a Yank.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:43 PM

      Nah, up until now Blanton has been good for 30 starts a year. I should saw been able to make 30 starts a year.

  6. bleedgreen - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    I guess the Carpal Tunnel in his elbow from dipping fries in mayo is flaring up again.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Dear Joe Blanton,

    Please get well soon so you can rejoin the Phils lineup as soon as possible.


    The Atlanta Braves

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