• Right-hander Roy Oswalt had a productive simulated game on Thursday. The veteran starter has been out since July 4 with a left hamstring strain and, according to manager Walt Weiss, Oswalt will need at least one more simulated start on Sunday in Miami or Monday at Coors Field depending on how he feels.
• Tyler Chatwood (elbow inflammation) had a good simulated start and looks prepared to go out and make a rehab start, according to Weiss.
• "You get the best out of a player when you can play him consistently," Weiss said of Corey Dickerson, who started the series finale against the Phillies on Thursday night. The rookie left fielder, who made his Major League debut in June, is 3-for-12 on the current road trip.
"It's tough to come off the bench as a young player and be successful as a pinch-hitter, but he's going to get a chance to get a lot of at-bats in this league and he's going to hit."