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• Outfielder Mark Kotsay, who left Saturday's game in Philadelphia with a tight lower back, said Monday that he was feeling better after treatment and that he was "making progress." Manager Bud Black said it's unlikely that Kotsay will play Monday or Tuesday against the Nationals. "Mark is doing better. We hope that by the time we get back to California [on Wednesday], that he will be healthy."

• Infielder Logan Forsythe started a rehabilitation stint on Monday with Triple-A Tucson. Forsythe, who suffered a broken sesamoid bone in his left foot in Spring Training in March, has been playing in extended spring games in Arizona. With Tucson, he'll see time at third base, shortstop and second base.