Joe Blanton Rapidly Nearing Return To Phillies

Phillies fifth starter Joe Blanton has been on the disabled list for nearly a week with an elbow impingement. It sounds like somewhat scary stuff, but a few days ago general manager Ruben Amaro said that organization wasn't very concerned, and now it's looking like Blanton will only miss the minimum amount of time. David Hale:

Blanton has thrown last 2 days and feels good. Very confident he'll be ready when eligible to come off DL. Prob no need for rehab start.

If Blanton's already throwing without discomfort, then that's an excellent sign, and though he still has some time to go between now and the date that he's eligible to come off the DL, all indications are currently positive. You usually see pitchers end up getting a brief rehab assignment after DL stints like this one, but no such rehab assignment looks to be in the cards.

Vance Worley has started one game to date as Blanton's replacement in the rotation, spinning six shutout innings.

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