NEW YORK -- Injured Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ is continuing his rehab in Clearwater, Fla., with teammates Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins, who also are recovering from injuries.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday that Happ, who has a left forearm injury, could throw to hitters late this week or early next week. Because Happ has not pitched since April 15, he basically will be building up his arm strength from scratch. It should be weeks before he is ready to rejoin the rotation.

"It'll take him a while," Amaro said.

Amaro said Rollins, who is on the disabled list with a strained right calf, could be activated June 6 against San Diego, the first day he is eligible to play.

Plagued by soreness, Ruiz gets breather

NEW YORK -- More injury problems for the Phillies?

Catcher Carlos Ruiz said Wednesday he has had soreness in his throwing shoulder for about a month, but the Phillies said the soreness is not serious. Still, manager Charlie Manuel started Brian Schneider over Ruiz in the middle game against the Mets at Citi Field to give Ruiz a rest.

Ruiz said he hopes to return to the lineup Thursday.

"My arm hasn't felt that good," Ruiz said.

Ruiz has thrown out six of 22 basestealers this season. His 21.4 caught-stealing percentage is eighth out of 11 qualifying catchers in the National League. He threw out 21.4 percent in 2006, 31.3 percent in '07, 23.5 percent in '08 and 27.4 percent in '09.

"It doesn't feel good to throw the ball," he said.

"The doctor has seen him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's soreness. Everybody gets sore. It's baseball."

Ruiz has hit just .095 (2-for-21) since he returned from a knee injury May 17. He said injuries have had nothing to do with his struggles at the plate. He said the five-day break might have taken him out of his rhythm.

Hitting appears to be culprit in Phils' slide

NEW YORK -- The Phillies entered Wednesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field hitting just .203 with a .292 on-base percentage, a .320 slugging percentage and just 15 runs scored in their current 2-5 stretch.

Why sugarcoat it?

"We stink when it comes to hitting," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We just haven't been that good. It's pretty simple."

Does he think it will turn around?

"I hope," he said. "They're paid to not stink."

Hoover outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley

NEW YORK -- Catcher Paul Hoover, who the Phillies designated for assignment Monday to make room for catcher Brian Schneider on the 25-man roster, cleared waivers. Philadelphia outrighted Hoover to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he accepted the assignment.

'Road series' for Phils-Jays selling well

NEW YORK -- Tickets are selling well for the Phillies' June 25-27 series against the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park.

Major League Baseball moved the series from Toronto's Rogers Centre to Philadelphia because of the G20 Summit. Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber said they have sold 30,000 tickets for the Friday game, 35,000 tickets for the Saturday game and 33,000 tickets for the Sunday game.

Tickets have been on sale to the general public for less than a week and are available on phillies.com. The Phillies are hoping to sell 40,000 tickets to each game, which technically will be home games for the Blue Jays. Teams will use the designated hitter and Toronto will bat last.

Knuckleballers no picnic for Phillies

NEW YORK -- The Phillies got shut out by knuckleballers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey in consecutive games this week.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked before Wednesday's game against the Mets if he worried about seeing Wilbur Wood pitching against them. Wood was a knuckleballer who pitched from 1961-78, most notably for the Chicago White Sox.

"If Wilbur Wood pitches, I might play," Manuel joked.