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Report: Blanton likely done for 2011

Posted on: July 26, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 4:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton has been troubled with elbow issues through much of the season and tests Tuesday revealed nerve damage. He is "unlikely to return" this season (Matt Gelb via Twitter).

This obviously isn't good news for the Phillies, as they rely on great starting pitching and Blanton came into the season as their No. 5 starter -- behind four frontline guys.

On the other hand, Blanton has only made six starts this season and hasn't really fared well. Meanwhile, the Phillies have the best record in the majors. Roy Oswalt will likely be returning soon and Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) has been a revelation as a fill-in starter or reliever. With Worley stepping up and pitching the way he has, the Phillies have barely even missed Oswalt or Blanton to this point.

With the trade deadline approaching and general manager Ruben Amaro having pulled off several trades for starting pitchers in recent memory, speculation is bound to take place, but going with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Worley as the rotation doesn't sound like any sort of an issue. And Kyle Kendrick hasn't been bad, either. They will not be pursuing starting pitching. Period.

Instead, the Phillies will be focusing on bullpen help. So the major news here is Blanton missing the rest of the season. He does have one year left on his contract before hitting free agency after the 2012 season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:01 pm

Report: Blanton likely done for 2011

We've known all season that Joe Blanton wouldn't be on the Phillies at the end of 2011.  But now his trade value is corrupted or removed entirely.  PHL needs a RH bat.  Placido Polanco might be in worse shape than we're hearing.  But we can't staff 3B with utility guys.  Do we need to trade Blanton for a RH 3B?  My jury is still out on Domonic Brown and John Mayberry, Jr for the OF corners.   It seems like Ben Francisco and Rodd Gload give us much better production than either of those guys.  But their still young.  So I am not giving up on either Brown or Mayberry.  But is it time that I should be?  At least one of them?  (Thinking trade here.....)

Kyle Kendrick might command a steep price from somebody.  At least, he should.    I want to keep Vance Worley.   As the #4.  Let's hope Roy Oswalt is all the way back as our #5.  Ok, IF he's back, #4..........

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:44 pm

Report: Blanton likely done for 2011

No real problem for the Phillies. Vance Worley has been better than Blanton and Kendrick is at worst equal to Blanton at this point. This year though, even Kendrick has been considerably better.

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:15 pm

Report: Blanton likely done for 2011

So much for trading Worley and someone else for a better right-handed bat.

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