Blanton's elbow discomfort not getting worse

Blanton's elbow discomfort not getting worse

Blanton's elbow discomfort not getting worse
MIAMI -- Joe Blanton said he is fine and expects to pitch Saturday against the Braves at Turner Field.

But the Phillies right-hander still feels something in his right elbow.

"It may be related to what's been going on before," Blanton said after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.

Blanton was on the disabled list recently with a medial impingement in the elbow before pitching Monday in a victory over the Marlins.

"The positive from the start to today as compared to my start in San Diego and my bullpen in Arizona is it didn't get worse," Blanton said. "It maintained. It gradually got better up to this bullpen. If I did [have concerns], they were answered today. If it got worse, I feel like I would have known it today."

Asked if it is something he might have to pitch through this season, Blanton said, "Hopefully not, but I don't know. Maybe for a little bit, but we're doing everything possible so I don't have to."

If Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee is concerned, he does not sound like it. He said Blanton is scheduled to pitch Saturday, although he said that could change if Blanton wakes up Thursday with discomfort in the elbow.

"He feels like he's able to pitch right now," Dubee said. "He's got to tell us. He's got to be honest with us. He said it wasn't any different from the other night."