CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies righthander Clay Condrey is expected to make a rehab start today and utility player Greg Dobbs is looking to resume baseball activities as soon as this week.
Condrey (strained oblique muscle) threw long-toss Saturday morning in preparation for his rehab appearence with the Gulf Coast Phillies.
"I will pitch one inning on Monday in the [Gulf Coast League]," Condrey said.
As for being eager to get back in a game, Condrey has a more straightforward goal. "I'm anxious to get out of here," he said.
Condrey, who is on the DL for the second time this season with an oblique strain, hasn't pitched for the Phillies since July 22.
Also, the Phillies announced last night that lefthander Antonio Bastardo (shoulder) will throw an inning today for the GCL Phillies.
On the 15-day DL with a strained calf since Aug. 23, 2 days after leaving a game against the Mets, Dobbs feels he is on the right track.
"I've felt I have made improvements already in the 3 days I have been here," Dobbs said. "It's one of those frustrating things you go through as a player when you get injured."
Dobbs said he expects to resume baseball activities tomorrow or Wednesday and already has a target day in mind for rejoining the Phillies.
"I'm eligible to come off the DL Sept. 5, if I wrote the numbers down right," Dobbs said. "In talking with all the staff here and what we went over, hopefully that is all it's going to take."
Condrey is 6-2 with a 3.41 era this season; Dobbs is hitting .257 with five homers and 18 RBI.
Also rehabbing in Clearwater is outfield prospect Michael Taylor (strained right oblique).
Taylor made the jump from Class A Clearwater in 2008 to Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley this season. He was selected in the fifth round of the June 2007 draft. He is hitting .282 with five homers and 19 RBI at Lehigh Valley.
- Eddie Michels