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Phillies' Joe Blanton is now on the DL. Yes, this is officially getting ridiculous.


When a local radio station announced that another Phillies player was headed to the disabled list, I assumed it was Carlos Ruiz, who left Wednesday’s game against Arizona with back stiffness.
I never would have expected it would be Joe Blanton, who was placed on the 15-day DL with what the Phils brass is calling a “medial impingement” in his right elbow.

As many are well aware, I am no doctor, but that does not sound good. There isn’t really much else to report as far as Blanton’s injury goes.

This is quite a surprise, considering Blanton threw very well in his last two starts vs Milwaukee and San Diego, respectively.

Vance Worley was recalled from Lehigh Valley to take Blanton’s spot in the rotation. When a friend asked me what I knew about him,  I promptly told her he wears goggles similar to Eric Gange, and that he looked pretty decent in his September call-up last year.

All jokes aside, Worley is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in Triple-A so far this year.The return of Joe Blanton Monday night is encouraging for an inconsistent Phillies rotation.

The Phillies list of the walking wounded now includes Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Domonic Brown,  J.C. Romero, Jose Contreras, and now Blanton.

It’s not like it’s David Herndon or Michael Martinez who is out of commission. All of the above mentioned figured (or figures) to play major parts in the Phils quest for another trophy in 2011.

How the Phillies have the second best record in baseball with this M.A.S.H unit is impressive. Back in the day, if Lenny Dykstra, Darren Daulton, or Tommy Greene went down with an injury, the team went into the toilet- or they got some pitcher like Shawn Boskie to take their place.

What’s more impressive is that going into Wednesday’s game, Wilson Valdez, Raul Ibanez, and Ruiz were a combined 1 for 63. I’ve never seen anything quite like that in all my years watching the Phils. And believe me, I’ve seen some BAD teams. Teams that fielded the likes of Tony Barron and Steve Stanicek. Don’t remember them? Don’t feel bad.

So once again, Phils fans keep their fingers crossed that another fill-in can pick up the slack for the time being.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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