The Phillies have reportedly placed tomorrow's starter Joe Blanton on the disabled list with a right medial impingement of his pitching elbow. Right-hander Vance Worley has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Blanton, 30, is 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA. He pitched consecutive seven-inning quality starts following a pair of duds to open the season. There had been no reports that he had been pitching through pain until now. Worley, 23, started two games for the Phillies at the end of 2010. He was 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 22 2-3 innings with the IronPigs. The move means that Kyle Kendrick, who pitched Tuesday, will remain in the bullpen for the time being.
Beerleaguer: We have to wait and see the severity of this. Obviously, going from Blanton to Worley is a downgrade, but as a fifth starter surrounded with great pitchers, the Phils can get away with it in the short term. If Blanton's recovery takes longer, it could get a little hairy if Worley can't hold up. The Phillies probably like what Kendrick is giving them in the bullpen, too. I like Worley, however, and think he could develop into a decent back-end starter. Time to find out, beginning tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, no word yet on Carlos Ruiz's back injury.