Manager Ron Roenicke said reliever Takashi Saito (strained left hamstring) will not be ready for active duty by Friday, the first day he's eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. Saito is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Philadelphia and a simulated game Friday at Miller Park. "Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] is more comfortable if we get him out to face some hitters," Roenicke said. "The bullpens, it's hard to recreate that true 100 percent. If we do a simulated game, we have a chance to see where he is. Rick would be more comfortable if we do that a couple of times. We'll see." Milwaukee placed Marcum on the bereavement list Tuesday, when his father underwent heart surgery in Missouri. To replace Marcum, the Brewers recalled right-handed reliever Mike McClendon from Triple-A Nashville. McClendon was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances with Milwaukee in 2010. The club expects Marcum to be back for his scheduled start on Saturday against the Astros. In his first rehab start, Greinke threw three innings of one-hit ball, striking out four, for Class A Brevard County. Phillies: Oswalt ready for Thursday
Roy Oswalt flashed thumbs up from the chair in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, signaling he will pitch Thursday night against the Padres at PETCO Park. The right-hander left Friday's game against the Marlins because of a strained lower back. After throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, Oswalt's back responded fine Tuesday. Left-hander J.C. Romero was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right calf he suffered in Monday's loss. To replace him, Philadelphia recalled left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Zagurski went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances with Lehigh Valley this season. Worth noting
Philadelphia's loss Tuesday was its first defeat in a game that wasn't a series opener. ... The Phils also lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Entering play Tuesday, they were one of three teams yet to do so, along with the Mets and Rockies. ... Milwaukee's Ryan Braun has reached base safely in each of the team's first 17 games. It's the longest streak by a Brewer since Jeromy Burnitz also reached 17 straight in 1997. The club record is 23 by Robin Yount (1983).