CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It is only Spring Training, but Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee sounded a little frustrated Thursday at Bright House Field.

He allowed seven hits, five runs (three earned runs), one walk and two home runs in four innings in a 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He struck out four. He retired eight of the 11 batters he faced in the first three innings before struggling in the fourth.

"I got behind and had to catch more of the plate and they got hits," Lee said. "That's what happens. Whatever. I feel good. Physically, I feel good."

Lee, who threw 82 pitches, said he has two more starts before pitching against the Houston Astros on April 2 at Citizens Bank Park.

Lidge better, could return to action soon

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been unable to pitch this week because of right biceps tendinitis, but he said Thursday he feels better.

He played catch in the morning and said he expects to throw a bullpen session Friday.

If that goes well he could be back on the mound in a Grapefruit League game in a few days.

Lidge is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in five Grapefruit League appearances. His fastball velocity has been down -- he described his fastball as "garbage" Saturday in Sarasota, Fla. -- but the tendinitis seems to be the explanation for that.

Elbow keeping Polanco from swinging bat

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco said Thursday he feels better after hyperextending his left elbow Tuesday.

He took fielding practice before Philadelphia's 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field, but he did not take batting practice. He said that probably will not happen for a few more days. Polanco had surgery on the same elbow in October, and the Phillies are being cautious.

"It felt better [Tuesday] night," Polanco said. "It was very sore, but it's getting better. I can't [take BP] until the pain goes away. When I extend, I still feel it. It's something that has happened to me before, but after a day or two it goes away. But since I had surgery, we're being a little cautious."

Polanco said he will be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day.


Phillies catcher Brian Schneider left the team Tuesday for personal reasons. It is uncertain when he will rejoin the club. ... HBO Real Sports' Mary Carillo is in Clearwater for a segment on Jimmy Rollins. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he likes what he has seen from Rollins in camp. The veteran shortstop is hitting .239 (11 for 46) with two doubles and one RBI in 16 Grapefruit League games. "You can see a difference in how he's moving and everything," said Manuel, referring to the leg injuries that slowed Rollins last season. ... Manuel said he is not close to finalizing his 25-man roster, specifically his bench and bullpen. ... Left-hander Antonio Bastardo threw another scoreless inning Thursday. He has thrown five this spring.