Greg Dobbs (calf) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. “I made a lot of progress over the days I was down there,” Dobbs said of his time rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla.
Dobbs has honed a preparation routine designed to subvert the conventional wisdom that pinch-hitting requires regular at-bats. While hurt, he did his best to continue watching copious footage of pitchers, and he spent ample time in the batting cage.
“I did a lot of stuff down there to get myself mentally and visually ready,” he said.“There’s not a lot of video down there, but I found myself watching a lot of games and really focusing on the games that I watched. There was a Fox game down there, I didn’t care who was playing, I just needed to see baseball, and watch pitchers pitch and see the game. I tried to find a TV anywhere.”
Dobbs also said that the injury took longer to improve than he expected, and was not yet 100 percent healed. “I wouldn’t say setbacks, but it just didn’t respond the way we wanted it to respond. I’d take two steps forward one step back…calves are not any easy things, I’m hoping I can help the team any way I can when I’m here, then get it right once the offseason comes.”
J.A. Happ (strained muscle in his side) threw another bullpen session today, his second this week. Happ said that he felt good and expected to start Friday in Atlanta. “It will happen,” he said.
Charlie Manuel was not ready to commit to the Friday start.
Also, J.C. Romero (forearm) threw a bullpen session today. He said he will likely throw one more bullpen and a simulated game before the Phils activate him.
UPDATED 7:34: The Phillies have confirmed that Happ will start Friday in Atlanta.