The Phillies are keeping whoever has to update the roster on their official website quite busy these days, with players coming and going on the DL more than we'd like. Some stability would be a nice luxury, but the Phils are dealing with injury well enough for the best record in the NL. They travel to Florida this evening where Joe Blanton will make his return from the list of disableds to take on the Marlins and hopefully notch his first 'W' of the season.
Roy Oswalt is set to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday and if all goes well the team plans to have him throw in a minor league game on Thursday before hopefully rejoining the big club early next week. Rich Dubee told reporters today that he hopes to get Oswalt on the hill next Tuesday against St. Louis.
As beat writer Ryan Lawrence pointed out on Twitter, Oswalt could start on Thursday in Clearwater, where Chase Utley could be playing second base and Carlos Ruiz could be catching. That's a hot minor league ticket.
Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92) is back from his DL stint and will start tonight against right-hander Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39). This evening's game doesn't have the headliners that tomorrow's does when Doc Halladay will face Josh Johnson. That's a bit of a pitcher's duel.
First pitch tonight is 7:10 from beautiful Sun Life Stadium. Joe Blanton always enjoys a good fish fry.