PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino has looked fine running during pregame warmups, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Victorino will need to play in Minor League games before returning.
Victorino has been on the disabled list since May 20, retroactive to May 19, with a strained right hamstring. He is eligible to be activated June 3, a date Amaro wouldn't rule out.
"It's possible, he's going to have to play, though," Amaro said. "He's going to really have to test it out. It's the biggest part of his game, so we gotta make sure he's 100 percent. I don't want this to be a re-occurrence."
Amaro was unsure where or when Victorino would start his rehab assignment.
Contreras' looming return to increase 'pen depth
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies know pitching at 10:30 in the morning is no small task.
That's why Jose Contreras's rehab outing early Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, in which he surrendered two hits in two innings of work, is a welcome sign for the 39-year-old reliever's return to Philadelphia, which could come as early as Wednesday.
"That's pretty hard to get that body at that age going that early," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "But he did fine. He looked fine."
Contreras was back in the Phillies' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon and echoed Dubee, saying his arm felt fine. Contreras has been on the disabled list since April 25, retroactive to April 22, with a right flexor pronator strain in his forearm and will likely be activated within the next two days.
"I'm ready," Contreras said.
Contreras appeared in eight games for the Phillies before the injury. He filled in for closer Brad Lidge as Lidge recovers from a strained right rotator cuff that has caused him to miss the whole season so far, converting all five of his save opportunities and allowing four hits in eight innings of work.
Since the Contreras injury, Ryan Madson has excelled in the closer's role. He had a 13-inning scoreless streak heading into Tuesday's game against the Reds, going 9-for-9 in save opportunities in that span.
Manager Charlie Manuel has said Madson will remain his closer as long as he keeps producing, regardless of when Contreras -- and Lidge -- rejoin the bullpen.
"I want to win," Contreras said through translator and teammate Danys Baez. "No matter where I'm gonna pitch, I don't care. I was trying to help the team as a closer, but I didn't sign here to be a closer."
Once Lidge and Contreras rejoin the Phillies, they will have quite a bit of depth at the back end of the bullpen.
Dubee does not envision using a bullpen-by-committee approach and seemed to follow Manuel's lead on sticking with Madson to close, saying Lidge could pitch from the seventh inning on.
The depth does give the Phillies reliable options on days Madson would need rest.
"But are we gonna sit down here and flip coins? Probably not," Dubee said. "I don't think that's fair to our guys. It's a tough environment for them to be working in."
Phillies outfielder Ross Gload was unavailable to play Tuesday because of a hip issue. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel declined to be more specific, other than to say Gload injured his hip a couple days ago and he had been receiving treatment for it. Gload's absence would not have been noticed in the 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, except Manuel pinch-hit infielder Michael Martinez instead of Gload in the ninth inning.
Ryan Madson was available to pitch Tuesday and did so in the ninth inning, when he committed a throwing error and gave up a two-out, tiebreaking three-run double to Jay Bruce. He was hit on the heel of his right throwing hand on a line drive Friday night and was rested Sunday. Madson said the hand is still not 100 percent, but he felt fine playing catch off flat ground and expects no pain throwing off a mound. "It's better," he said.
Brad Lidge threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla. The immediate plan is to have him throw three or four more bullpens before starting extended spring training.
Phillies Double-A prospect Tyson Gillies, part of the December 2009 deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners, may start playing extended games within a week. He has been taking batting practice and participating in pregame drills while recovering from a strained left hamstring. "The report was he was running at 100 and 110 percent yesterday," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I don't know how you get to 110 percent, but that's what our trainer wrote."
Scott Podsednik, who the Phillies signed to a Minor League contract Sunday, arrived in Clearwater on Tuesday and will work out there until he is ready to start playing at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.