Blanton to be examined by team doc tomorrow

The Phillies' team doctor will examine Joe Blanton's injured abdominal muscle on Thursday. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

The Phillies received another piece of bad news today, as righthander Joe Blanton pulled up short during his bullpen session with an injured abdominal muscle.

Blanton, who allowed 11 runs in his most recent outing, was scheduled to pitch again on Saturday in an exhibition against the Pirates. His first scheduled start is April 8, a week from tomorrow.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Blanton will see team doctor Michael Ciccotti tomorrow.

"We'll know tomorrow," Amaro said about the severity of the injury.


Catcher Carlos Ruiz missed today's game after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch on Monday. But Amaro said Ruiz could have played. The team was simply being cautious.