Phillies activate Blanton; Kendrick returns

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The Phillies activated righthander Joe Blanton from the 60-day disabled list.

Blanton had been on the DL since May 23 (retroactive to May 16) with right elbow inflammation.

Blanton, 30, made one rehab appearance with Single A Lakewood on Sept. 2, pitching one scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner. He initally was scheduled to pitch in another rehab appearance today at Hagerstown, but the Phillies decided he was ready to return.

He had previously been on the DL from April 29 to May 9 (retroactive to April 24) with a medial impingement in his right elbow. Blanton is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts for the Phillies this season.

* Righthander Kyle Kendrick has been reinstated from the paternity leave list. Kendrick and his wife welcomed their first child, a daughter, over the weekend.

* Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (strained right groin) is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but probably won’t. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. described him as day-to-day.



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