Blanton to start season on 15-day DL

Updated: April 2, 2010, 9:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies got some bad news about their pitching staff on Thursday, learning starter Joe Blanton, closer Brad Lidge and reliever J.C. Romero all will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Blanton was placed on the DL because of a mild left oblique strain and could be out three to six weeks. He suffered the injury while throwing a side session Wednesday.

Phillies team doctor Michael Ciccotti said Thursday that if all goes well for ...

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