Phillies activate Joe Blanton from DL for tonight’s start

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After missing the minimum 15 days with an elbow injury Joe Blanton has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Marlins.

Blanton had a 5.91 ERA in four starts prior to going on the DL and Vance Worley did a nice job filling in for him, going 2-0 with a 12/4 K/BB in 12 innings ratio while allowing just one run in two starts.

Worley is now listed as Friday’s starter, but that could change if Roy Oswalt is ready to come off the DL by then.

UPDATE: Forget all that stuff about Worley or Oswalt starting Friday, as the Phillies have now altered the rotation.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.