Blanton has problem ab problemby Eric Schwartz
Big Joe Blanton may have a big problem on his hands. Or just a minor one.
Either way with the regular season less than a week away this is not the time for injuries to start popping up.
It is being reported that Blanton injured an abdominal muscle during a bullpen session today. He will be examined by a team doctor on Thursday. Even if the injury is deemed minor it is unlikely Blanton would make his scheduled exhibition start against the Pirates on Saturday.
If Blanton needs to go on the DL the team will at least be comfortable with his replacement as Kyle Kendrick would be the obvious choice to fill the void.
As we wait for the results, and hope for the best, cue the irony of the heaviest pitcher on the staff having a problem in his abdominal region.
After all, they say laughter is the best medicine.