Phillies Notes: Phillies say Blanton still the plan as Game 4 starter

Posted: October 18, 2010

Hours before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series began, the Phillies' pitching plan remained status quo. For now.

Joe Blanton is still scheduled to start Wednesday's Game 4 in San Francisco, manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee said Sunday.

"But we'll just take it day to day and see what happens," Manuel said.

So what would it take for the Phillies to skip Blanton and start Roy Halladay on three days' rest?

"We haven't talked about it yet," Dubee said.

Blanton hasn't started a game since Sept. 29, but has been throwing regularly on the side. He completed a normal bullpen session before Game 2 with Dubee.

If the Phillies are trailing the series going into Game 4, the decision on a starter could be harder. The downside to going with Halladay is that it would affect the rotation for the rest of the series.

"If we move one up, we have to move them all up," Dubee said.

If Halladay went in Game 4, Roy Oswalt would start Game 5 and Cole Hamels Game 6, both on short rest - and Halladay would pitch in a Game 7 on short rest, too.

That's something the Phillies don't want to do unless they absolutely have to.

No Moyer

On Friday, lefthander Jamie Moyer said he was healthy and ready to pitch after two elbow injuries he suffered in July. But, as expected, the Phillies do not plan to use him if they advance to the World Series.

"He hasn't pitched in a game," Manuel said. "I find that a little tough."

Moyer, who turns 48 next month, will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Extra bases

Manuel said he had thought about starting Ben Francisco over Raul Ibanez in left field for Game 2 against lefthander Jonathan Sanchez but decided against it because Francisco was 0 for 8 in his career vs. Sanchez. . . . Both teams were scheduled to board charter planes shortly after Game 2 for flights to San Francisco. The Phillies are scheduled for an afternoon workout Monday at AT&T Park. Game 3 is Tuesday afternoon.

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