"I don't think it's bothering me too much," Brown said. "If there wasn't stuff from last year, I probably would have been playing already. That's the setback right now. There's still some inflammation and scar tissue in there. I'll be fine."
With catcher Brian Schneider in the batter's box, pitching coach Rich Dubee behind the mound, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. behind the batting cage, Jose Contreras threw another round of live batting practice at Bright House Field.
"He looked real good," Amaro said, "and he came off the mound and felt really good about himself, so that's a good sign."
The next step for the 40-year-old righthander will be pitching in a Grapefruit League game, and Amaro said the veteran reliever was "getting close" to taking that step.
Amaro said that as long as Contreras does not have any setbacks, the reliever should be ready for the start of the season April 5 in Pittsburgh.
Three for Halladay
Roy Halladay recorded four strikeouts in his three innings during Friday's 7-5 win over Detroit. The four were on different pitches: a curveball, a change-up, a sinker, and a cutter.
"So one of everything, I guess," Halladay said.
Halladay also allowed two home runs, both to Eric Patterson. All four runs scored off Halladay in his first two appearances this spring have been via the long ball.
"I feel like, at times, everything is really good," he said. "I made some mechanical and consistency improvements over the last time. Consistency-wise, it was a lot better than last time. I wasn't completely missing every time. Last time out, I was missing by quite a bit."
Carlos Ruiz crushed a three-run home run in the sixth inning. He's 6 for 10 this spring. . . . Lefthanded reliever Jeremy Horst took a line drive off his rear end and left the game. Manager Charlie Manuel said he was fine. Horst, acquired for Wilson Valdez this winter, has not allowed a run in 22/3 innings.
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Staff writer Bob Brookover contributed to this article.