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Killing two birds with one stone: Victorino, Blanton to DL

UPDATE: Ruben Amaro, you sneaky man.

Domonic Brown was recalled by the Phillies to replace Shane Victorino. The news came 14 hours after Amaro said Browns wasn’t ready to be called up. But I guess a struggling offense changes minds much faster.

Brown was hitting .341 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs in 11 games with Lehigh Valley. He was also riding an 18-game hitting streak started last season. It’s tied for an IronPigs record with Mike Cervenak, who hit in 18 straight games in 2008.

And in other moves, Scott Mathieson was sent back down and David Herndon was brought back up.

ORIGINAL: This morning, the Phillies decided they weren’t just going to put another guy on the disabled list. Instead they figured, why not two?

The Phillies placed starting center fielder and starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list.

Victorino had an MRI yesterday morning and revealed he has something inbetween a Grade 1 and 2 strain of his right hamstring. He won’t be eligible for activation until June 3.

For those calling for Domonic Brown to be called up, Ruben Amaro stressed last night that the left-handed hitting top prospect is “not ready.”

The Phillies have a couple options besides Brown, who I agree may not be ready just yet. Delwyn Young has major league experience and Rich Thompson has been doing well for Lehigh Valley the past week.

Blanton’s replacement was easy. Vance Worley will be brought back to the Phils much to the approval of fans. Worley is 2-0 in two starts and has a 1.12 ERA and 15 strike outs in four total appearances.

Blanton threw 20 pitches in the bull pen before yesterday’s start but said he didn’t feel good at all in his elbow and couldn’t continue. Kyle Kendrick replaced him as the starter and didn’t fare well in the Phils 7-1 loss.

Blanton feels that he tried to rush himself back.

“Every pitcher has things that don’t feel good,” Blanton said. “They said structurally I was fine. I didn’t feel bad when I first came back. I thought I’d be able to manage it from start to start until it got better. It just kept getting worse.”

Hopefully this time, he will take the time to get his right elbow back in working order.

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One response to “Killing two birds with one stone: Victorino, Blanton to DL

  1. Dan MacNeal May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe they shouldn’t have had Victorino bunt the other night.

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