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05/09/11 7:10 PM ET

Blanton back, while Oswalt nears return

MIAMI -- The Phillies are getting their rotation back together.

They hope so, anyway. Right-hander Joe Blanton pitched Monday against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium after spending time on the disabled list with a medial impingement in his right elbow. Right-hander Roy Oswalt could rejoin the rotation May 17 in St. Louis. Oswalt, who is on the disabled list with lower back inflammation, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. If that goes well, he is expected to make a rehab appearance Thursday with Class A Clearwater.

"I didn't throw for six, seven days, pretty much," said Oswalt, who left the team recently to be with his family following tornado damage in Mississippi. "I'm starting to throw the ball better."

Oswalt last threw a bullpen session Sunday, and he said it went well.

"I could have pitched yesterday maybe and tricked some guys for a couple innings, but mentally and physically it probably wouldn't have been a good idea," Oswalt said.

Oswalt would not say the back problem is behind him, but he said it feels better.

"I don't have the feeling I had before," he said.

Phillies to skip fifth starter Friday

MIAMI -- Cole Hamels will make his next start Friday against the Braves at Turner Field.

The Phillies will skip Vance Worley or Kyle Kendrick as the fifth starter this week because of a day off Thursday. That allows the Phillies to pitch Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee this week against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium, and Hamels, Blanton and Halladay this weekend against the Braves.

"We're staying right in line," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "We have an off-day, and we haven't gone on our regular rest that much."

Lee is scheduled to pitch Monday in St. Louis. Roy Oswalt could start Tuesday.

Gload gets rare start as Phils face Vazquez

MIAMI -- Ross Gload started for just the second time this season, and the first time since April 15, on Monday at Sun Life Stadium.

It made sense.

Gload entered the game hitting .421 (16-for-38) with three doubles, two triples, one home run and seven RBIs in his career against Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez. Gload's presence in the lineup also gives Ben Francisco a night off. Francisco has hit just .050 (1-for-20) in his last eight games.

Worth noting

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts Monday in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. ... Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is scheduled to continue his rehab Tuesday in Clearwater. He is on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.