05/20/11 11:58 PM ET
Herndon recalled; no damage to Blanton's elbow
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies used their bullpen Thursday, when Joe Blanton could not pitch because of a right elbow injury, so the Phils called up Herndon because they needed a fresh arm in the bullpen.
Philadelphia is expected to place Blanton on the disabled list next week and recall right-hander Vance Worley to take his place in the rotation.
Blanton, who underwent an MRI on Friday, said after the 3-2 win over the Rangers that he was told he has no structural damage to the elbow. He said he will rest the elbow for the immediate future but had no timetable for his return.
"I didn't make anything worse structurally," Blanton said.
Lee to be all business when facing former club
PHILADELPHIA -- Do not expect Cliff Lee to be overcome with feelings of nostalgia this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.
Do not expect him to step off the mound for a moment of reflection.
That's just not his style.
Lee faces the Texas Rangers on Saturday for the first time since he signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Phillies in December. He said he enjoyed his half-season with the Rangers, who reached the World Series for the first time in franchise history. In fact, he said he probably would have resigned with Texas had the Phillies not entered the picture.
But they did.
- 131 wins
- 121 wins
Lee said Friday afternoon he does not think it will be weird, strange or emotional to face his former teammates. He does not think it will be strange for his former teammates to face him, either. In fact, he said they might be motivated.
"You want to try to beat everyone, especially a guy that didn't come back to your team," Lee said. "I'm sure there's some incentive for them to beat me. There should be. That's the way it is. They try to win every game, and I've got to keep them from scoring."
But Rangers manager Ron Washington said Lee's influence is still being felt. Asked what he most remembers about Lee's time there, Washington said, "His presence, the influence he had on most of our young pitchers, his tremendous work ethic.
"When you see periods where we go out there and we're attacking the strike zone, that's Cliff Lee's pitching. That's something we've been preaching forever. And then here comes Cliff Lee and there he is. That's what we've been trying to get you to do. When the ball comes out of his hand, he's attacking the strike zone. That's the way you get quick outs, instead of having to use six, seven, eight pitches to get an out. You can get an out in one or two pitches. That's the influence he had."
Lee has been asked countless times about his decision to sign with Philadelphia, leaving more money on the table from the Rangers and Yankees. He does not really know what else he can say. It was nothing against the Rangers or Yankees. He just really wanted to return to Philadelphia.
"For me, it's behind me," he said. "I made the decision in the offseason. As soon as I got to Spring Training with the Phillies, everything was behind me. It's just kind of ironic I'm facing the team I went to the World Series with last year. It should be neat. It should be fun."
Utley plays third straight game at Class A
PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley is getting closer to rejoining the Phillies' lineup.
He played in his third consecutive game Friday on a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater. He went 1-for-3 and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch.
Utley seems to be passing every test as he recovers from patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley would not be activated from the disabled list this weekend against the Rangers, but the possibility certainly exists he could be in the lineup next week.
Utley must be activated no later than May 30, if he is healthy. The Phillies' current homestand ends Thursday.
Right-hander Jose Contreras is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Saturday with Double-A Reading. He is recovering from a strained right flexor pronator tendon.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.