Lidge Hits the DL
Not exactly. Lidge missed time in late April/early May with inflammation in the knee, the same knee that required surgery before the 2008 season. He got a cortisone shot for it, which sidelined him a few days. But the Phillies and Lidge had maintained since that his knee was fine, certainly not bad enough to effect his performance.
But Lidge is 0-3 with a 7.27 ERA and 13 saves in 19 opportunities.
His ERA is the fifth-worst in baseball amongst relief pitchers.
His 68.4 percent save percentage is 28th out of 30 pitchers in baseball. Only Oakland’s Andrew Bailey (5 for 8) and Washington’s Joel Hanrahan (5 for 8) are worse at 62.5 percent.
I’m guessing the DL is a combination of his performance and his knee. Maybe it was his knee all along. Chase Utley maintained last season his hip was fine, and he had hip surgery in November. So if Lidge played the good teammate and pitched through pain, he isn’t the first.
More to come.