05/20/11 2:49 AM ET
Phillies to put Victorino, Blanton on DL
Center fielder has right hamstring strain, righty a sore elbow
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Victorino is suffering from a strained right hamstring. He won't be eligible for activation until June 3 at the earliest.
The Phillies said an MRI exam on Thursday revealed something between a Grade 1 and 2 strain. The team will announce Victorino's replacement Friday, although general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it will not be Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown.
"We don't think he's ready to do it," Amaro said about Brown.
Scheduled to start, Blanton was replaced right before game time on Thursday by Kyle Kendrick when he threw about 20 pitches in the bullpen and decided he could not continue.
"I probably rushed myself back too quick," Blanton said.
Lehigh Valley right-hander Vance Worley likely will replace Blanton in the rotation.
Blanton had been on the disabled list earlier this month because of a medial impingement in his right elbow. He rejoined the rotation May 9 in Florida, but he still experienced soreness in his two starts since rejoining the team.
Blanton expects to have another MRI on Friday. An MRI exam earlier this season revealed no structural damage, which is why Blanton said he felt comfortable trying to pitch through the soreness he felt in the elbow.
"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."
Blanton scratched; Kendrick starts for Phils
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies scratched right-hander Joe Blanton from Thursday's start just before he threw his first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick took Blanton's place.
The official reason Blanton was scratched was right elbow soreness. Blanton was on the disabled list earlier this month because of a medial impingement in his right elbow. Blanton had made two starts since coming off the DL on May 9, but he said he felt some discomfort or soreness in the elbow both times he pitched.
After deliberation, Manuel settles on lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel considered five or six lineups before he finally settled on one Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.
Manuel had few options with Shane Victorino unable to play because of an injured right hamstring, Chase Utley playing rehab games in Class A Clearwater, his corner outfielders struggling and Domonic Brown getting some much-needed at-bats in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
But he chose a lineup he figured gave him his best chance to beat Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, using Michael Martinez in center field, Ross Gload in right field and Pete Orr at second base.
"ASAP would be nice," Victorino said before the game about returning to the lineup. "I don't know. We'll see."
Victorino had an MRI exam on his hamstring before Thursday's game. It revealed something between a Grade 1 and 2 strain, which has him headed to the disabled list Friday. He pinch-hit in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Rockies, which means he is unable to return until June 3. Manuel said he would not have pinch-hit Victorino on Thursday if he knew he was headed to the DL.
Gload started for just the third time this season, but it made sense facing a right-handed pitcher. Gload is hitting .321 (9-for-28) against righties; Ben Francisco is hitting .229 (22-for-96) against right-handers, while John Mayberry Jr. is hitting .231 (6-for-26) against them.
Manuel said he expects Francisco to start Friday against Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson, although Francisco is hitting .189 (7-for-37) against left-handers.
"He's kind of scuffling at the plate," Manuel said of Francisco. "I still plan on playing him some. Right now, we're kind of taking a look at all of them.
"I think we know what the players are now and what they can do. I feel like we've seen them play enough. Every guy out there got to play quite a bit in Spring Training. Now our bench is definitely getting a chance to play. This is a good chance for those guys."
Schneider hopes to return sooner than later
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies catcher Brian Schneider has not tried to sprint since he strained his left hamstring last week in Florida, but he said he feels better.
The Phillies said this week that Schneider, who went on the disabled list May 12, could miss up to a month. Schneider said he is not sure when he will be back, but he thinks he could return after around 15 days, rather than 30.
"I've been jogging outside, hitting in the cage," he said. "I don't know if I can be back in 15 days, but from how I felt then to how I feel now, I'm very happy with the way it's going. Very happy. I don't feel it walking or jogging. It's going in the right direction."
Morandini to represent Phillies at Draft
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will have former All-Star second baseman Mickey Morandini representing them in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Morandini is managing the Phillies' Class A Williamsport team this season, but is fondly remembered for being on the Phillies' 1993 National League championship team. He also made the National League All-Star team for the Phillies in 1995.
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round. MLB.com will provide exclusive coverage of Days 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Phillies right-hander Jose Contreras allowed four hits and three runs in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday in a rehab appearance with Class A Clearwater. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said reports indicated Contreras threw the ball well. "I heard his fastball was OK," Manuel said.
Right-hander Brad Lidge (strained right posterior rotator cuff) threw off a mound for the first time on Thursday. The team said it went well.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has struck out six or more batters and walked one or fewer batters in each of his past five starts (38 strikeouts and five walks in 37 innings). Elias Sports Bureau said he is just the second pitcher in team history to accomplish the feat. The first? Roy Halladay. Halladay had a five-start streak (44 strikeouts and three walks in 39 innings) from July 23 to Aug. 14.
The Phillies entered Thursday's series finale against the Colorado Rockies with a 12-8 record in games decided by two or fewer runs. They are 7-5 in games decided by one run.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.