WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Tim Redding pitched in a Minor League game on Friday and didn't have problems with his back, according to manager Manny Acta.

Redding pitched six innings and will return to the club on Saturday. He will pitch in his first regular-season game on Wednesday against the Phillies.

In other news, hitting coach Lenny Harris did not attend batting practice at Nationals Park on Friday evening because his sister passed away.