Thursday, April 28, 2011
Phillies Place Joe Blanton on the DL
By Justin Worsley,
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a medical impingment in his throwing elbow.
The move is retroactive to April 24, which mean Philadelphia can reactivate the 30-year-old as early as May 9.
Blanton, who was scheduled to start in the series opener against the New York Mets on Friday, is 0-1 this season with a 5.92 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
Philadelphia has called up right-hander Vance Worley to start in Blanton's place for the time being. Worley, 23, is 2-2 this season with a 2.78 ERA for the Phillies Triple-A club, the Leihigh Valley IronPigs.
Last season, Worley appeared in five games for the Phillies, two of which he started, and went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts to just four walks.
Blanton is just the latest member of the Phillies to find himself on the disabled list, joining fellow pitchers Brad Lidge, J.C. Romero and Jose Contreras along with Chase Utley, Brian Bocock and Dominic Brown.