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07/02/11 12:27 PM ET

Madson plays catch, likely to go on rehab stint

TORONTO -- The Phillies had a few injury updates before Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre:

• Ryan Madson (bruised right hand) played catch in the morning. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said it went well. But because Madson has not pitched since June 18, there is a good chance he will need to make a rehab assignment before he is activated. He will not be activated Monday, when he is first eligible.

• Roy Oswalt (lower back inflammation) received a second opinion on his back Friday in Dallas. The Phillies said spine surgeon Andrew Dossett concurred with their diagnosis: Oswalt has mild bulging discs in his back. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Oswalt will continue his prescribed treatment, which involves injections. "He should be able to begin tossing shortly thereafter," Proefrock said. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week he thinks there's a chance Oswalt pitches before the end of the month.

• Brad Lidge (strained right rotator cuff) threw a bullpen session Friday with Double-A Reading. He could begin a rehab assignment early next week.

• Joe Blanton (right elbow inflammation) is playing catch Saturday, but has not thrown off a mound.

• Jose Contreras (strained right forearm) is "progressing."

Hamels expects to make Tuesday start

TORONTO -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels sounded even more confident Saturday that he will make his next start Tuesday in Florida against the Marlins.

Hamels played catch in the morning at Rogers Centre and reported no problems. In fact, he said his bruised right hand feels much better.

"I'm good," he said, flexing and moving his hand to show the improvement.

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Hamels normally would have thrown a bullpen session Saturday, but the Phillies pushed it back one day to give his hand a chance to heal. Hamels said he will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

Hamels injured his right hand when Boston's Adrian Gonzalez hit a line drive off the heel of the hand Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

Worth noting

• Jimmy Rollins started Saturday at shortstop. He has had a sore right shoulder, although it is not believed to be serious.

• Ross Gload started at first base as Ryan Howard was the designated hitter.

• The Phillies received visits from two of their Draft picks, both of whom are Canadian: right-hander Jesen Therrien, who was selected in the 17th round, and first baseman Brendan Hendriks, a 40th-round pick.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.