Player updates: J.C. Romero is scheduled to pitch an inning for Single-A Lakewood tonight. The left-hander is on the shelf with a mild calf strain. Roy Oswalt will return to the club in time for Saturday's start against Atlanta. The Phils can slot him back behind Cliff Lee thanks to a pair of off days. Although there is still no timetable for his return, Chase Utley appears to be getting closer to playing in a minor league game, according to Jim Salisbury. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said "it's possible" that Utley could be headed to Clearwater for extended spring training next week, but wouldn't commit to that. No updates on Jose Contreras, who was diagnosed with a "very mild" Grade 1 strain of his pitching elbow. He could be back pitching with the Phils in three weeks, according to reports.
Transactions: In minor league news, outfielder Matt Miller was demoted from Lehigh Valley to Reading and infielder Robby Hudson was released in order to clear room for Domonic Brown and infielder Brian Bocock, who were activated from the disabled list and rejoined the IronPigs Monday. Bocock, who is still on the 40-man roster, suffered a broken bone below his wrist in spring training. Hudson, who signed late in spring for depth, was hitting just .133 (4-for-30). Outfielder Jeremy Slayden, who came out of retirement and was playing with Reading, was released to clear room for Miller, who was hitting just .219 for Lehigh Valley. Slayden, 28, appeared in just two games with the R-Phils.