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.


Good to hear. Can’t afford to loose him for any amount of time come the regular season.

Not too bad an outing by the starting pitchers. Glad to see Happ regain control after a rough start. Good news on Lidge. His “recovery” issues sound very normal considering the offseason was so short.

Is the B game over? Did the Phils score at all?

Wow – crazy game! Thanks for the updates Todd.

I don’t know Karen. It doesn’t look like Carrasco fared all that well, so he has fallen behind in the 5th starter sweepstakes.

Ibanez continues to knock in runs and it sounds like Howard has his HR stroke working as well. Obviously early, but I think the Phillies will need more consistency from the offense this year. They’ll be hard pressed to pitch as successfully as 2008, especially in the bullpen. JMO.

The Phils would rather Carlos not win the job–another half season at AAA will do him wonders. He’s not being groomed to be the number 5, but the number 2 behind COle-take Myers place if he walks at end of year.

Like the fact that Brunlett is stealing so much. Wonder how much Victorino will miss Lopes lessons on how to steal. He still needs work. WIth his spead, he could steal 60 a year with no trouble. Mayberry and Slayden are becoming the “stars” of camp. A few years ago some guy named COste did this and ended up with an unexpected roster spot.

Do you mean Victorino will miss the lessons because of being at the World Classic?

I found the answer to my question on the Canadian press:
“Philadelphia also beat Toronto 2-1 in a B game. Marcus Giles drove in one of the two runs off starter David Purcey. …”

Fan in jerusalem- the Phils needed a back-up catcher a few years ago, i think they let fat sal fasano go to the yanks or something. Coste was needed, Slayden has no shot to make it. Mayberry might have a shot. How did they let your name be so long FIJ?

good to see Donald get a hit

Clint: The phils need a Right handed bat off the bench this year as well. When Coste made it the phils let go the guy they had planned on using ’cause Coste was better. Possible we’ll be seeing Stairs moving on soon.
DEB: exactly. He won’t be in camp to get the instructions
Clint: it’s all who you know. I just offered MLB some cash and a dry WS this year. LMFAO

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