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Lidge could be activated next week

Lidge could be activated next week

NEW YORK -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field, and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list next week in Atlanta.

"It went real good," Lidge said. "I let a few go and [there was] no pain at all. It's very encouraging."

Lidge will throw again in the bullpen Thursday, but he will incorporate his slider into the session. He will travel with the team to Florida, where the Phillies play the Marlins this weekend, and possibly make a rehab appearance Saturday with Class A Clearwater.

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Injured pitchers Ryan Madson and J.A. Happ flew to Clearwater, Fla., to continue their rehabilitation. Injured shortstop Jimmy Rollins will head to Clearwater on Wednesday.

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