Joe Blanton Coming Off DL To Pitch Monday Against Marlins

It looks like the Phillies’ vaunted pitching rotation, recently down a couple of starters, is about to start getting whole soon. From the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb:

Joe Blanton (impingement in right elbow) threw another bullpen session, and the team expects him to come off the disabled list to start Monday’s series opener in Florida.

Blanton’s been listed as the Phillies’ starter, so this deal looks as done as a deal can be, 24 hours before the actual thing.

Blanton’s replacement in the rotation, rookie Vance Worley, won both his starts and gave up just one run in 12 innings. Currently he’s listed as the Phillies’ starter Friday against the Braves, but that slot will be filled by Roy Oswalt if he’s healthy enough to come off the DL then.

Which probably would send Worley back to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Still, it’s a long season and it should be heartening for everyone to know that Worley’s serving as a fine insurance policy. As if the Phillies didn’t already have enough starting pitchers.

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