Blanton could rejoin club on Monday
Rollins continues to make progress on strained right calf
PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Joe Blanton likely will rejoin the Phillies' rotation next week, possibly as early as Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. He has been on the disabled list since the season started with a strained left oblique.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins continues to progress with his strained right calf, but Philadelphia assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said his return is not imminent.
Left-hander J.A. Happ had been scheduled to throw off a mound Friday, but no other details were immediately available. He is on the DL with a strained flexor pronator muscle in his left arm.
-- Todd Zolecki
Lidge returns in non-save situation
PHILADELPHIA -- It wasn't a normal situation for the notes of Linkin Park's "No More Sorrow" to ring around the stadium, heralding Phillies closer Brad Lidge's entrance to the game. With Philadelphia down, 8-1, in the ninth inning to the Mets, there was no save on the line.
But Lidge's first appearance in almost six months was noteworthy enough, and though brief -- he was lifted after facing three batters -- the sight of No. 54 drew one of the few rounds of applause from Phillies fans in Friday's 9-1 loss.
They weren't necessarily applauding the result of Lidge's debut: he allowed two hits, including a solo home run to Rod Barajas off the left-field foul pole, and threw only 11 pitches before manager Charlie Manuel relieved him. But Lidge's arrival does represent some semblance of normalcy in Philadelphia, and the closer will have a crucial role to play for the Phillies from here on out.
"I'm not thrilled with the results, but happy to have gotten them in a big league game," Lidge said. "I feel healthy, I think that's obviously the first step. And now it's getting into the flow and the rhythm of what I need to be doing, and hopefully, that will come real quick."
Lidge, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, following offseason surgeries on his right elbow and right knee, threw six sliders and forced Frank Catalanotto to pop out to right field for his one retired batter. The home run pitch to Barajas was a 93-mph fastball -- his hardest throw of the night.
"That pitch I threw him would've hit him in the hands if he didn't hit it out of the park," Lidge said. "I really was surprised. That's another reason I wasn't upset about the outcome of that pitch -- I really felt like I threw it where I wanted to."
Manuel said he was never intending to use Lidge in a save situation on Friday, and he wants to ease the 33-year-old back into form.
Lidge last threw in the Major Leagues in Game 4 of last year's World Series. He made eight rehab appearances between Class A Advanced Clearwater, Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, combining to go 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA.
"He still needs work," Manuel said. "I was just putting him in for a couple of hitters, really; I wanted to get J.C. Romero in the game for a couple of hitters. But Lidge needs work."
Lidge's return also happened to coincide with the news that the Phillies placed reliever Ryan Madson on the 15-day DL with a broken right big toe. Madson had been filling in as closer through the first month of the season.
Lose a closer, add a closer -- a whirlwind day for the Phillies' bullpen.
"It felt good to get back out there," Lidge said. "It's tough when you're not throwing in the big leagues and you're watching games in the big leagues. I need to get back in the flow of the games."
-- Zach Schonbrun
Bastardo recalled, before getting to Triple-A
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo did not leave the Phillies long.
Philadelphia optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday when it activated Brad Lidge from the 15-day disabled list. But the Phils recalled him on Friday after they placed right-hander Ryan Madson on the DL with a broken big right toe.
Bastardo never left town.
"I just stayed here and was supposed to wait until tomorrow when I would go to join Lehigh," Bastardo said. "They're on the road, and the guys here didn't want to have me fly three hours and then come back. So I waited here and was supposed to go tomorrow to Lehigh. But I got a call today to come back here. It's crazy.
"They said, 'You're not going to Lehigh because Ryan Madson got hurt.' I feel bad when they told me, because I don't like my teammate to get hurt. ... It's an opportunity to keep pitching here. I like it."
-- Todd Zolecki
Todd Zolecki is a reporter and Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.