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Joe Blanton is active for now, but may need elbow surgery

Sep 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Joe Blanton came off the disabled list last week after missing four months with an elbow injury and threw a scoreless inning Monday as a reliever, but it sounds like he has little chance of cracking the Phillies’ playoff roster and may still need offseason surgery.

“I don’t need to show up next year and all of a sudden I’m hurt again and we’re back where we were,” Blanton told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tommy John surgery has been ruled out, but Gelb writes that Blanton may need “a nerve procedure that could require a six-month recovery.” He’s under contract for $8.5 million next season, so if he’s going under the knife it would need to be at some point in October to make a full recovery likely by spring training.

In the meantime he’ll continue to work out of the Phillies’ bullpen and hope his elbow holds up well enough to make surgery unnecessary.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Aaron, baseball-reference is off $2 million on Heavy B’s salary…Cot’s has it right. He is due $10.5 million next year. The Phillies back-loaded his 3 year $24 million dollar contract…$3 in 10, $10.5 in 11 and 12. Bad deal any way you look at it, but it will all be over after next year thankfully.

  2. firedude7160 - Sep 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    I think he, and the Phillies would be better off just shutting him down and having him get the surgery now. The more time he has to recover the better

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      Let’s see how he handles coming out of the pen. If he can’t, they probably will shut him down and get it done. Just tell him the bullpen is where the steaks are.

  3. SmackSaw - Sep 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Blew out his elbow at Geno’s.

  4. cup0pizza - Sep 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Thanks for yet another fascinating Phillies non-story.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Thanks for yet another pointless comment on a Phillies post that you needn’t have clicked on, read and commented. Trolling moron. Or is it a moronic troll? Now I have something to ponder.

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