02/23/11 7:07 PM EST
Amaro: Blanton is starting for Phils in April
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Naturally, Joe Blanton's name will pop up. The Phillies tried to trade Blanton after they signed Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract in December, but could not find a deal they liked. But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon that Blanton is sticking around.
"Blanton is starting for us April 7," Amaro said.
Roy Halladay is scheduled to start the season opener on April 1, against the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee is scheduled to pitch April 2 and Roy Oswalt is scheduled to pitch April 3. Cole Hamels would pitch April 5 against the New York Mets, which actually would put Blanton on course to start April 6 against the Mets.
Brown near the top of another prospect list
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Baseball America just released its list of top 100 prospects, and Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown ranks fourth.
Three other Phillies prospects are in the top 100: first baseman/outfielder Jonathan Singleton, who is 39th; right-hander Brody Colvin, who is 56th; and right-hander Jarred Cosart, who is 70th. Brown is the highest ranked Phillies prospects in Baseball America's preseason rankings since Pat Burrell ranked second in 2000.
MLB.com ranked Brown fourth in its top 50 rankings in January and had Singleton ranked 30th.
Bastardo feels good after bullpen session
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo threw a bullpen session Wednesday morning at Bright House Field and said it went well. He said he threw 30 pitches. He also said he feels no discomfort or pain in his elbow, which sidelined him at the beginning of camp.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.