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Madson plays catch, likely to go on rehab stint

Madson plays catch, likely to go on rehab stint

TORONTO -- The Phillies had a few injury updates before Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre:

• Ryan Madson (bruised right hand) played catch in the morning. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said it went well. But because Madson has not pitched since June 18, there is a good chance he will need to make a rehab assignment before he is activated. He will not be activated Monday, when he is first eligible.

• Roy Oswalt (lower back inflammation) received a second opinion on his back Friday in Dallas. The Phillies said spine surgeon Andrew Dossett concurred with their diagnosis: Oswalt has mild bulging discs in his back. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Oswalt will continue his prescribed treatment, which involves injections. "He should be able to begin tossing shortly thereafter," Proefrock said. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week he thinks there's a chance Oswalt pitches before the end of the month.

• Brad Lidge (strained right rotator cuff) threw a bullpen session Friday with Double-A Reading. He could begin a rehab assignment early next week.

• Joe Blanton (right elbow inflammation) is playing catch Saturday, but has not thrown off a mound.

• Jose Contreras (strained right forearm) is "progressing."

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