ATLANTA -- The Phillies have the best record in the majors, so naturally, Ruben Amaro Jr. spent about 20 minutes talking about injuries this morning.
So it goes.
-- Shane Victorino (hamstring) is still sore, but Amaro does not believe he is a candidate for the disabled list. That could change in the coming days. Victorino says he expects to be ready for the homestand Wednesday, so he will miss at least the next three games.
"It's better," Victorino said.
-- Jose Contreras (elbow) is green lighted for a rehab assignment that will begin Wednesday in triple-A Lehigh Valley. He threw another bullpen session today and is very pleased with his progress.
Will he be closing when he returns?
"That's a good question," Amaro said. "I'm not sure how things will go. Charlie will probably go with the guy he feels can do the job that day. That may end up being guys mixing and matching. We may have to wait and see if Contreras is effective enough to drop back into that closer's role. That's a good problem to have if they're both pitching well. I'd rather have it go that way."
-- Roy Oswalt (back) threw a bullpen session Saturday in Clearwater and is set to start Tuesday in St. Louis. Who goes to the minors when he comes back? The obvious candidate is Vance Worley, but Amaro suggested he could stick.
The GM is not concerned with Oswalt's lack of fastball velocity in his minor-league outing.
"Typically I think there would be [concern], but for a guy like that I think adrenaline means a lot," Amaro said. "No disrespect to the Florida State League, but I just don't know if there's the same juice that you have. But at the same time we'll have to monitor him. If he doesn't have the same velocity and you need to continue to show that on the mound with us, then I'll have to keep my eye on it. But he doesn't have anything physically wrong with him. He feels fine."
-- Chase Utley (right knee) could play nine innings in a single-A game at Bradenton today. Amaro said Manuel is on board with a plan to manage Utley's playing time when he does return to the majors.
-- Domonic Brown (right thumb) is doing better, Amaro said. But if he does not start swinging a bat in the next two days, the team will have him go for an MRI.
-- Catcher Brian Schneider could miss a month with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. "He got it pretty good," Amaro said.
-- Brad Lidge (torn rotator cuff) could throw off a mound when the Phillies return home. That's a huge step for the erstwhile closer.
Oh, and there's a game today. Roy Halladay. Tim Hudson. Powder blue uniforms.
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. John Mayberry Jr. 9
7. Pete Orr 4
8. Carlos Ruiz 2
9. Roy Halladay 1
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