PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton confirmed the obvious Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"I think there's zero percent chance I'll start this year," he said. "There's just not enough time."

Blanton has nerve inflammation in his right elbow. He will try to play catch Thursday. He said there is a chance he could pitch out of the bullpen this season, but Blanton said if the nerve does not recover he will require surgery.

"If the nerve is slipping too much, they would have to transpose it," he said.

He said the recovery time from surgery would be roughly five months.