John Lannan (quad) is scheduled to face hitters next Wednesday.
It will be the first time he's done so since going on the disabled list. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Lannan "is doing very well. He feels good." The left-hander could rejoin the rotation in a few weeks if all goes well.
Roy Halladay (shoulder) could rejoin the Phillies' rotation in late August if everything progresses on schedule.
Halladay, who had surgery last week to remove a bone spur in his shoulder and repair his torn rotator cuff, reported to extended spring training Monday to begin his rehab. General manager Ruben Amaro said Doc has pretty good range of motion and is "pretty positive." Obviously late August is so far away that it's just a rough timetable, but, given Halladay's famous work ethic, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him pitching later this season.
Adam Dunn is still dealing with back pain but plans to continue playing through it.
Dunn left Saturday's game due to back spasms but was back in the lineup the next day and has remained in there each day since. The pain isn't an issue when he's swinging a bat, so he should be OK in the DH spot. "Laying down that hurts it worse and sitting down makes it stiff," Dunn said. "So, I’m sure I’ll be walking around doing some stuff. Again, I never had any back problems. I don’t consider this a back problem really. But I don’t know. I guess it just has to run its course."
A one-man offense, Jose Bautista went 4-for-4 with two homers and a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th as the Blue Jays edged the Rays 4-3 on Wednesday.
Bautista singled in the Jays' first run in the first, homered in the fourth, homered again off Fernando Rodney to tie it in the ninth and then hit a little liner to right to end the game in the 10th. The four-hit game was Bautista's first since July 27, 2010. He hadn't even had a three-hit game in a year -- oddly enough, his last one came May 22, 2012 against the same Rays team.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched a season-high eighth innings and allowed two runs Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Hellickson left with a one-run lead, but that was blown right away by Fernando Rodney. It was still a nice outing for Hellickson, going down as just his third quality start of the season. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Fernando Rodney took his fourth blown save in giving up a Jose Bautista solo homer Wednesday against the Jays.
That alone would hardly be grounds for termination. Rays manager Joe Maddon, though, showed zero confidence in Rodney when he pulled him in favor of Joel Peralta after Adam Lind's one-out walk. If Rodney loses his job over this one, it'd most likely be a short-term move; he's got every opportunity to win it right back if he shows better command. Peralta would be in line for saves in his place.
Bryce Harper homered in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Nationals beat the Giants 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Harper kid is pretty good when he's not laying down sac bunts. Ian Desmond gave the Nationals the lead in the 10th, singling after Harper doubled and Ryan Zimmerman was intentionally walked. Harper moved into a tie for second in the NL with 12 homers, putting him two behind major league leader Justin Upton.
Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.
The obvious call was to pull Gonzalez after 107 pitches and seven scoreless innings today, but manager Davey Johnson was hoping for more. A one-out walk got Gonzalez pulled in the eighth, and the baserunner came around to score off Drew Storen, tying the game at 1. Gonzalez has allowed just three earned runs over 21 innings in his last three starts, but he has no victories to show for it.