Although Heilman struggled to keep the ball in the yard - he surrendered eight home runs in 35 1/3 innings - he posted solid strikeout (8.4-per-nine innings) and walk (2.8-per-nine) numbers. Heilman was a frequent opponent of the Phillies during the height of their rivalry with the Mets. Overall, from 2005-07, he went 16-15 with a 3.27 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 208 appearances, seven of them starts. He struggled in 2008, but posted a solid 2009 with the Cubs (4.11 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 4.2 BB/9).
Heilman will give the Phillies some much-needed depth in the bullpen. In fact, it would not be a surprise to see him make a relatively quick ascent to the majors. Although closer Brad Lidge is hoping to return this weekend - the team has been mum on its plans - righthanders Danys Baez and Andrew Carpenter have both struggled in their limited recent action. In addition to Carpenter, the bullpen features three other relievers who have spent time at Triple A this season in David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Juan Perez.
Heilman, a former starter who can pitch in long relief, has faced the Phillies 40 times in his career, going 3-4 with a 6.61 ERA.
Polanco gets injections
Placido Polanco was given a series of injections in his balky lower back, which has sidelined him since early July. There is no timetable for his return. Polanco has been diagnosed with a bulging disc.
Blanton to be re-examined
Joe Blanton's frustrating comeback from elbow soreness will continue today when he is examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti. Blanton has started just six games this season and has not pitched since May 14. He had been attempting to progress in a throwing program in Clearwater, Fla., before suffering a setback.
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