Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino are likely headed to the disabled list today. While Vance Worley is a lock to replace Blanton, the outfield decision is less certain. Here are some choices:
Domonic Brown: Ruben Amaro told reporters their top prospect needs more time, but promoting him makes sense. He's included on the 40-man roster and he continues to hit at Triple-A depute a couple of injury setbacks. In 11 games with the IronPigs this season, he's 14-for-41 (.341) with two homers. Considering he's played so little, the Phillies, however, may be reluctant to use him in anything but an everyday role , which may not be possible in Philadelphia.
Delwyn Young: The switch-hitting corner outfielder was among the last cuts of spring training. He's having a poor season at the dish, hitting .212/.255/.394 with 37 strikeouts in 137 at bats. He's still a power threat, however, hitting six longballs on the season. He's hit better lately. His versatility and past experience should be considered a non-factor at this point.
Cory Sullivan: Another Quad-A veteran who isn't hitting. The 31-year-old has posted just a .608 OPS in 32 games for the IronPigs. He's the most versatile of the veteran Lehigh Valley group and would be the best choice should the Phillies opt for the player with the most experience in center field.
Ronnie Belliard: The 36-year-old veteran signed on after he was cut by the Yankees in spring training. He has, by far, the most Major League service time, and although he's strictly infield utility, his presence could add depth and could enable Pete Orr, for example, to move into a 5th outfielder role. Still, he's hard to see how he'd give the offense much of a boost. His numbers at Triple-A have been OK, however (.278/.347/.368).
Brandon Moss: The one-time prospect never factored into the Phillies' plans this spring, but he's been arguably the IronPigs most consistent hitter, hitting .267/.363/.491 with five homers in 116 at-bats. Moss hits from the left side. Like all the others, with the exception of Brown, his contract would need to be purchased and added to the 40-man roster.
Chase Utley: His rehab expires at the end of the month and there was at least some though that he might be able to return during this homestand.