Lidge hopes Saturday marks last rehab outing

Lidge hopes Saturday marks last rehab outing

MIAMI -- Phillies right-hander Brad Lidge will make the two-hour drive from Sun Life Stadium to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Saturday, and then he hopes that's it.

Lidge -- on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10 because of elbow inflammation, but coming off a positive bullpen session -- will make a rehab appearance on Saturday for Class A Clearwater, and he is confident he'll be ready to rejoin the Phillies at the start of next week.

Lidge called a Monday return "very possible" -- if all goes well on Saturday, of course.

"I'm hoping just one [rehab appearance]," said Lidge, who's given up a run in 3 1/3 innings this year. "Obviously, if I feel good in the outing and stuff is coming out of my hand the way it needs to be to get guys out in the big leagues, we'll be good."

Lidge, who will be coming out of the bullpen in that game, said he was able to throw all of his pitches "aggressively" during Thursday's 40-pitch side session, and he feels his stuff is "pretty close to where it needs to be."