Pain-free Giles on course for opener

Right-handed setup man left Tuesday's game with mildly strained back

Pain-free Giles on course for opener

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies setup man Ken Giles said he remains on course to be on the Opening Day roster.

He played catch again Thursday morning at Bright House Field, less than 48 hours after he had to leave Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays because of a mildly strained back. The Phillies and Giles said they think he will be ready to go Monday, when the Phillies play the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park.

"I let it loose," Giles said. "No pain. No nothing."

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Giles said he is not sure if he will pitch in the team's exhibition games against the Pirates on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, but the Phillies said they would like to see him throw off a mound at least once before putting him on the active roster.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.