Worth noting

Worth noting

• Manuel said first baseman Ryan Howard did not start on Monday because of soreness in his left knee. The knee has been bothering Howard for weeks.

• Right-hander Jonathan Pettibone left Saturday's game because of a stiff back, but threw a successful bullpen session on Monday without any issues. He is scheduled to start on Thursday in Los Angeles.

• Right-hander Carlos Zambrano will pitch once more for Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the Phillies must decide whether or not to promote him to the big leagues. He can ask for his release if he is not on the big league roster by July 1. Amaro said the Phillies view Zambrano as a starter, although he did not rule out Zambrano helping in the bullpen.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.