National League notes

PHILLIES: Ace Cole Hamels will test his injured left ankle in a bullpen session today. He was originally supposed to throw on Friday.


Closer Brad Lidge threw before Friday's game against the New York Mets and said he'd be ready to pitch today. Lidge hasn't appeared in a game since last Saturday because of inflammation in his right knee.

METS: First baseman Carlos Delgado (hip) and second baseman Luis Castillo (back spasm) sat out Friday's game against the Phillies.

Astros: Has decided to move Felipe Paulino back to the bullpen.

Paulino, 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts, will pitch in a relief role when right-hander Brian Moehler returns from the disabled list to start on Tuesday at Washington.

Manager Cecil Cooper said Moehler and Russ Ortiz are veterans who "deserve at least an opportunity to continue pitching in the rotation." He said Paulino is "a guy sitting out there whom we like an awful lot" and will be ready if either veteran falters.

Moehler allowed eight runs in five innings in his second rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday. He was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right knee on April 14.



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