Charlie Manuel had shrugged off the notion that new acquisition Joe Blanton was pitching to keep his spot in the rotation when he took the mound on Saturday night in St. Louis.
But with the mystery surrounding J.A. Happ's role, Manuel's assertion that he believed Happ was a starter and the potential acquisition at the deadline of a fourth starter whose identity has yet to be revealed, the situation suggested that the Phillies might not be thrilled with what they had seen to that point from the big righthander.
"We'll just wait and see how he does," the manager said Friday. "We got him as a starter and we haven't had a very good look. I feel like we definitely have to give him a better chance than that."
Blanton responded with his first win since coming to the Phillies on July 17, pitching seven strong innings and allowing only four hits and one run in a 2-1 win over the Cardinals. The Phillies are actually now 3-0 in games Blanton starts, even though he had allowed seven earned runs in eight innings (one of his starts was cut short by a long rain delay).
In other pitching news, top prospect Carlos Carrasco was moved from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley and is scheduled to make his first start today. Carrasco replaces Les Walrond, who was called up to the Phillies when Rudy Seanez was placed on the disabled list.
Carrasco is 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 20 games this season for Reading. He has 109 strikeouts and 45 walks over 114 2/3 innings.