Late yesterday afternoon, the Phils placed their fifth starter, Joe Blanton, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, because of discomfort in his right elbow that he had felt during his last two starts, but had gotten worst as he was preparing for his projected start against the Mets tonight. So, after he had taken an MRI, the team decided to put him on the shelf to allow his throwing arm to get better.
Before being placed on the dl, Blanton had gone 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts, although he had pitched well in his last two starts for a 2.57 ERA.
The Phils have called up Vance Worley from Lehigh Valley to take Blanton’s place. With the Iron Pig, Worley has gone 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, in four starts. Last year, in five games with the Phils, two of which were starts, Worley went 1-1 with an ERA of 1.38, as he gave up just two runs on eight hits in thirteen innings of work. Hopefully he’ll continue where he had left off last year as he faces the Mets.
Good luck, Vance, and get well soon, Joe.
Yesterday, the Phils announced the reason why Jose Contreras had not been used for most of the Padres series. He had strained the flexnor pronator tendon on his right elbow. Because of that, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, while coming back to Philadelphia to have an MRI taken to see how bad it really is. At the time of his injury, Contreras had appeared in eight games, pitching eight scoreless innings, and converting all five of his save opportunities.
To take his place as the team’s closer, while the club is still waiting for Brad Lidge to return from his injury, will be Ryan Madson, who has so far converted both of his save opportunities. To take Contreras’ spot on the roster will be Michael Stutes, who had pitched well during spring training. The Phils have bought Stutes’ contract from Lehigh Valley, planning to give him his first taste of going against Major League bats during the regular season. Hope he will do as well as Antonio Bastardo presently is, and hope that Contreras will be back soon.
It would seems that last month, while Cliff Lee was home playing catch he felt something wrong along the left side of his body, around the armpit, so, while he was planning to come to the city anyway, he had the Phils’ team physician Michael Ciccotti exam him, after having first called the team’s athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. The result of the exam was that the MRI discovered a minor strain along the left latissimus dorsi.
The Phils suggested that he do nothing for eight days, which Lee did, and when he pitched from the mound last Tuesday, his session was shorter than the rest, to make sure that there was nothing wrong with him. Other than that, he has been working out with the rest of the pitching staff, waiting for his opportunity to pitch in his first spring training game.
Okay, now I see nothing wrong with the Phils being careful with Lee, especially after spring training of last year when he was a member of the Mariners, in which he got injuried, and missed the start of the 2010 season. But, if the man himself says that he is right now feeling fine, let take his word for it, unless something else proves otherwise. I’m going to give Lee, and the Phils, the benefit of the doubt until his left side, or some other part of his anatomy, really start giving him problems. Until then, I’m not going to listen to the talk about his ‘injury’ since he is not injured. All that will do is waste too much of my time with needless worry.