Phillies to use second game to tune up bullpen

Joe Blanton will likely pitch out of the bullpen Saturday night against the Mets. (Alan Diaz/AP)

The Phillies plan on having Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley work out of the bullpen during the playoffs, and the second game of Saturday's day/night doubleheader against the Mets at Citi Field could be used to prepare them for the transition.

Blanton will get the start. The righthander hasn't pitched more than one inning in his three appearances since he was activated from the disabled list earlier this month following a long absence with elbow problems. It's doesn't seem likely Blanton is ready to pitch more than three or four innings.

Kendrick is accustomed to coming out of the bullpen in long relief. He pitched six innings on Tuesday and would be available to give the Phillies a couple innings.

Worley made his final start of the regular season Wednesday and would have been scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, so he may get in a couple innings as well.



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