The Phillies may want J.C. Romero to stretch out his arm one more time. But after pitching on back-to-back days for the first time Tuesday during his rehab assignment, the lefthander proclaimed himself fit to return to the majors.

"I'm ready," said Romero, who is recovering from elbow surgery. "I'm ready, but I just work here. He's the boss. Honestly, I'm not looking forward to keep driving around. But I have to do what I have to do."

That boss is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who said Tuesday he wants Romero to have another outing of more than one inning before bringing him back.

Pitching for triple-A Lehigh Valley, Romero faced three batters and recorded one out. He allowed a swinging bunt single and a walk while throwing 14 pitches (six strikes).

Romero said his arm felt better than it did Monday, when he walked three batters and allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch.

"I felt good," Romero said. "My arm was good. Everything was good. I wasn't too pleased with a couple of the calls. That's why you saw me get upset. But that's part of the game."

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