Madson to get start if Wolf put on DL

Updated: June 6, 2004, 7:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BOWIE, Md. -- Philadelphia closer Billy Wagner struck out two and topped 97 mph three times Sunday in his only scheduled rehabilitation appearance for Double-A Reading.

Starting and pitching one inning against Bowie, Wagner allowed one hit and threw 13 of 23 pitches for strikes. Phillies manager Larry Bowa wants to make sure Wagner, who has missed 28 games with a strained left groin, has no setbacks before the Phillies activate him.

If Wagner reports no pain before Philadelphia opens a three-game series Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, Bowa indicated rookie Ryan Madson will make his first career start and take Randy Wolf's spot in the rotation.

Bowa said Wolf will go on the DL with tendinitis in his left elbow. Madson is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA in 22 relief appearances. The right-hander was selected the Eastern League's pitcher of the year after going 16-4 with a 3.20 ERA for Reading in 2002.

Last year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Madson was 12-8 with a 3.50 ERA.

The Phillies activated second baseman Placido Polanco. He had a rehab assignment at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The manager doesn't know who will start Saturday at Detroit after Madson, Eric Milton, Brett Myers and Kevin Millwood take their turns.

Right-handed pitcher Josh Hancock was sent to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Polanco, who missed 28 games with a strained left quadriceps.

Polanco hit .294 over his first five seasons, but he's batting .223 with one RBI in 112 at-bats this year.

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