05/22/10 6:49 PM ET
Happ's second bullpen session goes well
By Todd Zolecki and Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Amaro said he didn't know when Happ would begin his rehab assignment.
And despite some tense moments in the final inning of Friday's 5-1 win over Boston, Dubee was happy with J.C. Romero's progress in his work coming back from offseason elbow surgery.
"He's starting to get into a nice comfort zone," Dubee said. "He's doing fine. He's getting in shape."
Lidge goes back-to-back days throwing
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge played catch for the second successive day Saturday as he continues to work his way back following a cortisone shot in his right elbow last Monday.
Lidge threw easily from 60 feet before Saturday's game with Boston. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he didn't know when Lidge might throw his first bullpen session.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it is also unlikely Lidge will need a rehab assignment before coming back. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.
"Right now we do not have plans to send Lidge to Florida, but that may change," Amaro Jr. said.
Amaro focusing on present, not July 31
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it's too early to even talk about the Phillies being in the market for pitching help come the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt has asked for a trade, but there are indications the Phillies will not be in the hunt. They traded Cliff Lee for three prospects in the offseason, so it would be surprising to see Philadelphia then trade top prospects to get Oswalt.
"We're just trying to get J.A. Happ back," Amaro said of the left-hander, who is on the disabled list with a left forearm injury. "I don't know why everybody is so excited about July 31. It's May 22. Let's go one day at a time, shall we?"
Werth in fine company with recent hits
PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth hit his 21st double and ninth home run in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Red Sox.
Werth is the seventh player since 1993 to have at least 30 extra-base hits in his team's first 41 games, and the sixth player since 1993 to have 21 doubles in that span.
The most extra-base hits in his team's first 41 games since 1993: Albert Belle, with 32 in '94; Edgar Martinez, 31 in '96; Lance Berkman, 31 in 2008; Ken Griffey Jr., 30 in '94; Ivan Rodriguez, 30 in '00; Preston Wilson, 30 in '03; and Werth.
The most doubles in his team's first 41 games since 1993: Chuck Knoblauch, with 22 in '94; Mike Sweeney, 22 in 2001; Lenny Dykstra, 21 in '94; Belle, 21 in '95; Lyle Overbay, 21 in '04; and Werth.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.