08/26/11 11:46 PM ET
Blanton encouraged by throwing session
By Nate Mink / MLB.com
The Phillies pitcher threw 15 pitches with the catcher on the plate, and another 15 from the full distance. Blanton is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Tuesday in Cincinnati.
"I felt really good today," he said. "I was really encouraged."
Blanton, who's been on the disabled list since May 16 with what the team is calling right elbow inflammation, said he is throwing his sinker, changeup, cutter and slider, but not his curveball, because that was the pitch that caused discomfort in his elbow back in Spring Training and throughout his rehab.
"I'm not staying away from it, but I'm going to hold off until everything else is really, really good," Blanton said.
Lee pushed back as Phillies adjust rotation
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies adjusted their starting rotation because of postponements from Hurricane Irene.
Roy Halladay will pitch Saturday afternoon against the Marlins. Cole Hamels will start Monday at Cincinnati, followed by Cliff Lee on Tuesday. Lee was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, then was going to pitch the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader when Sunday's game was postponed.
"I prefer to throw every five days, no doubt about it," said Lee, who will be pitching on eight days' rest. "But when you got this many quality pitchers that we got, it's hard to skip someone and screw up everyone else's routine to keep me on a regular day. That's not gonna happen."
Phillies following path of Hurricane Irene
PHILADELPHIA -- With Hurricane Irene on her way up the East Coast, the Phillies will have to make several scheduling adjustments in the next few days.
The nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader -- which had been scheduled due to Sunday's postponement -- has already been postponed to Sept. 15 at a time to be announced. That was also the Phillies' only off-day in September, meaning starting Monday, they're scheduled to play 32 games over the final 31 days of the regular season.
The Phillies hope to fly to Cincinnati immediately after Saturday's game against the Marlins. If they must wait until Monday, their flight is scheduled to depart at 10:30 a.m. ET.
"There's also a risk about getting to Cincinnati on time for that game," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We wanted to be sure the players got to where they needed to be rather than risk not being able to fly on Monday. We don't know how this storm is going to be."
Not many players have homes sitting in the hurricane's path, and some who do didn't sound too concerned about the Category 2 storm Friday afternoon.
"Just my dogs [will be there], they'll keep the fort," Ryan Madson quipped.
"Moved the patio furniture inside, that's about it," lefty Cliff Lee said. "Nothing else I can do."
Ibanez could return from injured groin Saturday
PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Friday, but there is a chance he will return Saturday afternoon against the Marlins.
"He's doing good," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's doing better. He might be available tomorrow."
Ibanez hit and shagged fly balls during batting practice Friday. He was out on the field at around 3 p.m. ET fielding fly balls and testing out his injured left groin.
Ibanez pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-5 loss and singled with one out. Cliff Lee pinch-ran for him and scored from first on an RBI double by Michael Martinez to trim the Marlins' lead to one.
Former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, presented a $60,000 check to Camp Mariposa Philadelphia before Friday night's game.
Camp Mariposa is a free weekend camp for children and teens affected by addiction in their families.
The Moyer Foundation is bringing Camp Mariposa to Philadelphia, where more than 21,000 children in the area live with a parent in need of drug or alcohol treatment. The camp is a free multi-day camp providing counseling and emotional support for children.
Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.