Lidge Throws, Feels Fine
Brad Lidge has had some forearm tightness recently, but he threw a bullpen session today at Bright House Field and said he felt fine. If he continues to progress, he said he will throw one more bullpen and maybe a live batting practice session before he pitches in a game, which could be next week.
He has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game.
“It went really good,” he said. “I felt for the first time this spring like I have a fighting chance at getting somebody out. Before I was wondering how I was going to do it. The tightness is pretty typical for me coming into spring training. I’m trying to throw in Colorado, but I can’t get a ton of work in there. Then we come here and I’m throwing a lot. I go through a phase where I have tightness and stiffness and deadness and all the above.”
Lidge would like to pitch in around 10 Grapefruit League games before the April 5 season opener, and he thinks he’s on schedule for that.
Jayson Werth went 0 for 2 in the “B” game against the Blue Jays at the Carpenter Complex. Jamie Moyer allowed two hits and one walk in three scoreless innings. He struck out four. Joe Blanton, who followed Moyer in the “B” game, allowed five hits in four scoreless innings. He struck out four.
Moyer threw 57 pitches. Blanton threw 59.
J.A. Happ allowed a two-run home run to Adam Lind on a 1-2 pitch in the first inning to give the Blue Jays at 2-1 lead at Dunedin Stadium. Happ allowed three hits and a walk in the first inning. After he walked Brad Emaus with two outs in the first, Happ retired seven of the next eight batters he faced. … Carlos Carrasco threw a perfect fourth, but found some trouble in the fifth — although he had some help. Joe Inglett reached third on an error when Eric Bruntlett dropped a fly ball in center field. Aaron Hill doubled to left-center to score him to give the Jays a 3-2 lead. Lind walked and Kevin Miller smacked a 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer to left field to give the Jays a 6-2 lead. It gets worse for Carrasco. Emaus just jacked a solo homer to left-center to make it 7-2. … It must be a great day to hit because the Philllies put up six on the Blue Jays in the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. Jeremy Slayden hit a leadoff homer. Jason Donald, Ronny Paulino and Miguel Cairo each singled to score another run. Raul Ibanez‘s two-run double to left-center field cut the Jays lead to one, and Ryan Howard‘s two run homer to right-center field took the lead. It was Howard’s second homer of the spring. … The Phillies won, 12-7.