9/10/2013 7:46 P.M. ET
Brown continues to make progress, may return this year
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Before the end of the season, the Phillies might see Domonic Brown back on the field.
They already know Ryan Howard and Ben Revere will not return this season.
Brown has not played since Sept. 1 because of inflammation in his right Achilles, although he took a step forward in his recovery Tuesday when he took about 40-50 swings in the batting cage. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg said Brown's activity could increase based upon how he feels.
Howard and Revere are headed to Florida instructional league, where they will continue to recover from their injuries. Howard had left knee surgery in July, while Revere had right ankle surgery in August.
"Go there, continue treatment and strength work, get some pregame workouts in and gradually get into some Florida Instructional League games," Sandberg said. "And the number of games is kind of up to them and the organization, whether they're doing everything, if they're comfortable where they're at and they feel good, confident going into the winter that they can do their normal routine."
Howard has been rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., for weeks, and apparently has been making good progress.
"He's really getting into shape," Sandberg said. "He's lost some weight and he seems to be going about it great. He's taken to it well, preparing himself to play in Instructional League games. All reports are things are going well for him."
Martin looks strong in first appearance out of 'pen
PHILADELPHIA -- Most people that watched rookie right-hander Ethan Martin make seven starts for the Phillies thought he eventually would be great in the bullpen. He has overpowering stuff and typically cruises the first time through a lineup.
He sure looked good Tuesday.
He made his first big league relief appearance in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss to the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. He threw a perfect inning, striking out one batter. Martin threw just 10 pitches, all of them for strikes.
"Martin was down in the zone," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "That was impressive. If that's something he can do out of the bullpen in his first attempt, that's very good. Fastball was down. Breaking ball was down.
"As a starter, he was showing that kind of control early in his starts. I don't think it was surprising. What was real noticeable was he was down below the knees with his fastball."
Phils push Halladay back, move up Lee
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies shuffled their rotation this week against the Padres.
They pushed back Roy Halladay from Wednesday to Thursday to give him an extra day after the Phillies said he suffered flu-like symptoms over the weekend. Left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch Wednesday on normal rest.
Lee had been scheduled to pitch Thursday.
"I think he lost a lot of strength for a couple days there," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said of Halladay. "He actually went home the first day with it. He's feeling much better."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.