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Phillies Say Blanton May Be Put On DL

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(Joe Blanton pitching earlier this month.  AP photo)

(Joe Blanton pitching earlier this month. AP photo)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Ruben Amaro Jr., the Phillies’ general manager, was a guest this morning on KYW Newsradio, the day after the Phillies lost for the fifth time in six games: 7-1, to the Rockies (see related story).

The main topic was the continuing deluge of injuries on the team.

Righthander Joe Blanton had to be scratched minutes before the start of last night’s game because of an elbow issue, and Amaro says he is likely headed to the disabled list.

“I don’t know that we are necessarily going to put Joe on (the DL) today,” Amaro told KYW’s Harry Donahue.  “He’s going to be doing some more diagnostics and do a followup MRI.  He had some discomfort in a different part of his elbow (from his previous  problem) as he was warming up, and so we have to check that out and see what the story is.”

Hear Harry Donahue’s full interview with Ruben Amaro Jr. in this CBS Philly SportsPod…

Meanwhile, Shane Victorino continues to battle a bad hamstring and is headed to the disabled list.

Who would be brought up to replace him?

“We haven’t made a decision quite yet,” Amaro said this morning.  “We will probably make it, obviously,  sometime before gametime to get somebody here.  We are deliberating on a couple of different possibilities — it may not be an outfielder, we may go with an infielder.  Right now we are just trying to make a decision.”

The Phillies host the Texas Rangers in interleague play tonight.

Reported by Matt Leon and Harry Donahue, KYW Newsradio 1060

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