Reports of the demises of Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton were overblown. At least that is the indication from Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, who said that Blanton will start as scheduled against the Braves tomorrow, and that Oswalt is still expected to pitch on Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Oswalt is still in Clearwater, where he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. He will then join the team in St. Louis. Oswalt reportedly lacked life on his fastball last night in a Class A rehab start at Clearwater, but Dubee said he is not concerned.
Other notes. . .
1) Jose Contreras threw a bullpen session today, although Dubee declined to estimate when the veteran righthander might make a rehab start. The original timetable in late-April was a three-to-four week recovery, which would put Contreras back in action sometime in the next week or two. Contreras hasn't suffered any set backs in his return from an elbow strain. Dubee said he threw "very well" today.
2) Brian Schneider is in Philadelphia, where he either has been or will be examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti. Charlie Manuel said today that he does not know how long Schneider might miss with the hamstring strain he suffered against the Marlins on Wednesday.
3) Pete Orr is starting at second base tonight against righthander Brandon Beachy. More and more, it's looking like a platoon at second.
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