Blanton placed on DL; Worley to start Fri.

Joe Blanton was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow injury. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Just got word from the Phillies that righthander Joe Blanton has been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling a medial impingement of the right (throwing) elbow. No immediate indication on the severity of the injury, but righthander Vance Worley has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start against the Mets tomorrow night.

The injury is a tough blow for Blanton, who is coming off two straight quality starts against the Brewers and the Padres in which he allowed two runs in seven innings in both outings.

Worley is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, 9.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in four starts (22 2/3 innings) for Lehigh Valley. It will be his third big league start. Worley spent September with the Phillies last season, starting a 7-1 loss to the Marlins in which he allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in five innings, and a 7-0 win over the Braves in which he allowed one hit and two walks with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

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