MIAMI -- The stats have spoken. Roy Halladay is good, and his recent perfect game was special. OK, so you knew that. But here's a look at just how significant it was when Halladay retired all 27 of the Marlins hitters he faced on Saturday, courtesy of the Phillies' public-relations department:
There have been 20 perfect games in Major League history, but only five Cy Young Award winners have hurled them: Halladay, Randy Johnson, David Cone, Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Sandy Koufax.
The 2010 season is the first time since 1880 that two perfect games have been hurled in the same year. The Athletics' Dallas Braden also threw one on Mother's Day on May 9.
Halladay is the sixth pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game with a 1-0 victory. The last one to do it was the Reds' Tom Browning in 1988.
Halladay's 11 strikeouts were tied for the third-most in perfect-game history.
The Phillies are the fifth team in Major League history -- and the only one in the National League -- with two perfect games, joining the Indians, White Sox, Yankees and A's.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the third season in Major League history in which three no-hitters came before the start of June.
Polanco gets good news after MRI of elbow
MIAMI --- The news ended up being positive for Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco and his left elbow injury.
Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said a Sunday MRI exam revealed only a Grade 1 contusion for Polanco. The 34-year-old is scheduled to fly to Philadelphia to get a cortisone shot on Monday morning, and he will be available to play on Tuesday or Wednesday against the Braves, Amaro added.
Polanco, out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game on Sunday against the Marlins, originally suffered the injury after being hit by a Tim Hudson fastball on April 21. Polanco aggravated it while stretching out for a line drive on Thursday against the Mets.
But tests revealed no bone chips -- just a bone spur Polanco has had for years -- and just a bit of a bruise above the left elbow.
"He's got just a little bit of a muscle contusion and some bone bruising," Amaro said. "No structural damage. He's going to probably have a cortisone shot to calm it down and should be available Tuesday or Wednesday."
Polanco is batting .306 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 44 games this season. In his absence, Juan Castro has been starting at third base, and shortstop Wilson Valdez has hit in Polanco's usual No. 2 spot.
Lidge ready to return from disabled list
MIAMI -- As expected, Brad Lidge is ready to be activated off the disabled list as early as Monday. And Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged that the right-hander is close, though he didn't provide any more specifics during Sunday's series finale against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.
"We're still assessing," Amaro said, "but he's likely to be activated here shortly."
Lidge, placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 10 while dealing with elbow inflammation, pitched a perfect seventh inning for Class A Clearwater on Saturday and reported feeling good the next day.
The 33-year-old started the season on the DL while recovering from offseason elbow surgery, and he has been limited to just 3 1/3 innings this year. Upon activating Lidge, the likely candidate to be optioned is left-hander Antonio Bastardo.
"Every day I'm on the DL, it's really tough, so I'm definitely hoping this is it," said Lidge, who has a 2.70 ERA in his four appearances. "I feel like I'm ready for sure. I don't really feel like I needed to do anymore. It's coming out of my hand the way it needs to right now to get Major League hitters out."
In other injury news, shortstop Jimmy Rollins (right calf) has been jogging and is still on track to be activated off the DL as early as next Sunday. Meanwhile, left-hander J.A. Happ (left forearm) pitched to hitters on Sunday, throwing 25 pitches in what Amaro called a step forward. Right-hander Ryan Madson (broken big right toe) has been throwing long toss from about 120 feet with a protective boot, and he is scheduled to visit the doctor again in early June.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.