NEW YORK -- Phillies right-hander Brad Lidge threw 24 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

He struck out one and allowed one hit.

Lidge is on the disabled list with a strained right posterior rotator cuff. He is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday. Lidge has said he hopes to be back in the Phillies' bullpen before the end of June.

Gload hopes to play through injured hip

NEW YORK -- Ross Gload is a professional pinch-hitter, so he knows how to handle an infrequency of at-bats.

He started just 15 games last year and three this year. His opportunities to start might become even more limited the rest of the season because he is playing with a tear in his right hip, which is similar to the injury Chase Utley played through in 2008. Gload said Saturday he thinks he can play the rest of the season with it.

Surgery might come after the season.

"If it's a problem to the team, I'll do something about it," Gload said. "If I can continue to do what I can do and help the team, then I'll do it."

Gload is hitting .306 (11-for-36) with four RBIs this season. He is hitting .308 (8-for-26) as a pinch-hitter. He played an entire game May 19 and said he did not make the injury worse, which has him believing he can handle it.

"I can manage it," Gload said.

He said he does not think a trip to the disabled list would be beneficial, because the tear cannot heal in a few weeks. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel certainly hopes Gload can remain a late-inning weapon for him.

"Gload is a great pinch-hitter," Manuel said. "He gives you a good quality at-bat."

Worley tries to build added arm strength

NEW YORK -- Vance Worley typically throws one bullpen session between starts, but to build up arm strength and improve his command, he threw two this week.

Worley, who will face the Mets in the series finale Sunday at Citi Field, tired during his start Tuesday against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed six hits, three runs and four walks in five innings. A leadoff walk to Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto in the fifth inning helped cost Worley the lead.

Worley, who has not thrown many pitches in recent weeks after pitching out of the Phillies' bullpen, threw a bullpen session at the end of Thursday's victory over Cincinnati. He threw another Friday.

"The first one was more fastballs; the second one was more cutters just to get a feel for secondary pitches," he said.

Worley is taking Joe Blanton's spot in the rotation. Blanton is on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, and he could miss a significant period of time. But knowing he will be here for foreseeable future has not made Worley more comfortable.

"Every start matters. Everything counts," he said. "I just want to have the best stuff I can to help them out and give us a chance to win."

Worth noting

Outfielder Scott Podsednik has been added to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster. He recently signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies, who released outfielder Cory Sullivan to make room for Podsednik on the roster. ... The Phillies entered Saturday's game hitting .286 and averaging 6.8 runs per game since Utley joined the team Monday. ... Phillies starters entered Saturday night with 313 strikeouts and six complete games to lead the big leagues.