ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Joe Blanton from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2012
To fill their empty roster spot, the Phillies recalled right-hander B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. As for the Dodgers, the right-hander will join Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley in the rotation and will take Stephen Fife's spot there. After Fife's poor start on Wednesday, SBN Los Angeles asked Dodgers GM Don Mattingly whether he would get another one, and Mattingly said "That's tough to say right now." It appears this answers that question. Fife's next appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, so look for Blanton to make his Dodger debut then. Also, Ted Lilly is making a rehab start tonight in Class A, but could return as soon as August 13th, which would mean the Dodgers would then have six starting pitchers.
Blanton, 31, is 8-9 this season with a 4.59 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance. He is making $8.5 million, with just under $2.9 million now L.A.'s responsibility.
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