MIAMI – Several injury updates on the Phillies:
• Cliff Lee (elbow strain) pushed his pitch count to 60 in a simulated game Tuesday. If he checks out fine on Wednesday, he will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday (see story).
• Carlos Ruiz went on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday and could be there for a while longer than anticipated.
Ruiz is not improving as quickly as hoped.
“Carlos' condition is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought, unfortunately,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He's had concussion issues in the past, so we have to be careful with him."
Ruiz was hit in the head by a pitch Thursday.
• Outfielder Darin Ruf’s fractured wrist has healed. He is taking at-bats in Florida with the Gulf Coast League team as he looks to resume playing in the second half of the season.
• Infielder Freddy Galvis is making speedy progress coming back from a broken collarbone.
“Freddy is coming along really well,” Amaro said. “He's taking grounders and should take some swings soon. We should be able to get him in games the next 10 to 12 days. Freddy is going to play very soon."
• Pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is on the temporary inactive list as he tries to clear his mind of the some of the frustration that has come about during a difficult season at Double A.
Biddle is working out in Clearwater. Amaro said the 22-year-old lefty will spend some time with Roy Halladay in the coming days. Halladay overcame rocky times early in his career and went on to win two Cy Young awards.
• Though healthy, recently signed outfielder Grady Sizemore gets a mention here. He is playing at Triple A Lehigh Valley. Manager Ryne Sandberg said Sizemore could be with the big club by the time this trip ends in 10 days in Milwaukee.
“He had 10 days off,” Amaro said. “He's swinging the bat OK and moving around well defensively. He just has to play some games."