It could be Thursday, after Madson pitched in back-to-back games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday and Tuesday without any setbacks from his surgically-repaired right big toe. Madson has been on the DL since April 29.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he didn't know when Madson would be brought back to the big league club, but he said he heard Madson has been throwing well and Philadelphia wants him back as soon as possible.
"He's going to really help us," Manuel said. "We need him back."
Madson, who was in the Phillies' clubhouse before Wednesday's game, said he felt ready to be activated whenever the team called on him. In five Minor League rehab games between Class A Clearwater, Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley, Madson allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings (3.17 ERA) on four hits and five walks.
-- Zach Schonbrun