7/20 Quick hits
Ryan Dempster had a good bullpen session on Monday, throwing 60 pitches in his second side session since breaking his right big toe. The next step is to have his foot X-rayed on Thursday to see how he’s progressed.
“If [the X-ray] shows the fusion we’re looking for, he can play a simulated game and then we can schedule him into the rotation,” Lou Piniella said.
* The rotation for the upcoming series vs. the Reds will feature Randy Wells on Friday, Ted Lilly and Kevin Hart on Saturday or Sunday (the order will be determined later), and Rich Harden on July 27.
* Geovany Soto is still making progress in his rehab in Arizona, but has yet to swing a bat.
* Kosuke Fukudome’s Japanese hitting coach was in uniform and watching BP Monday.
* Monday, for some reason, was “combover” day for some of the players with hair to comb. Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano got in the act — as did Jeff Samardzija, although he required the most gel. Reed Johnson wasn’t able to participate.
– Carrie Muskat