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Phillies RHP Joe Blanton

Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (photo: Mike Parker)

Phillies right hander Joe Blanton, who has been dealing with what he calls a cranky elbow, is headed south for a date with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

“We thought it was important to get another opinion,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., via Philly Sports Daily.

That’s not a good sign considering Andrews is one of the leading authorities on Tommy John surgery.  But for now, Amaro is playing coy.

“He has lateral inflammation now with the medial inflammation in his elbow,” Amaro said. “It’s gonna be a little while till he gets back.”

Of course, the Phillies have quickly gained a reputation for being less than forthcoming when it comes to injuries so it’s unclear what exactly is going on.  For now, Amaro says Blanton won’t throw again for three weeks.

In the meantime, youngster Vance Worley will re-assume a spot in the rotation.  Worley, 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA this season with the Phils, filled in very well when Blanton was last on the DL.  He is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Reds. 

As well as he’s pitched, at this point Worley is an upgrade.  Really, the only drawback to having Worley up is the insistence of certain writers on calling him Vanimal, which, let’s face it, is awful.

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