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Worth noting

• Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay, who is recovering from right shoulder surgery, threw a five-inning bullpen session on Monday. He is expected to do one more. Amaro said it went well. He offered no timetable for Halladay's return, but the Phillies originally said he could pitch again sometime in late August or early September.

• First baseman Ryan Howard, who is in Clearwater, Fla., recovering from left knee surgery, has not been cleared to hit yet.

"He's been throwing and doing some other things," Amaro said. "Again, we don't have a timeline for him. We hope he gets back in September at some point. Right now, we're just trying to get him as close to 100 percent as possible. We're not going to bring him here and have him play in Philadelphia unless we think he's absolutely 100 percent and ready to go."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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