Lidge Gets Closer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lidge “threw pretty well. We’re pretty pleased, and I think he was pretty pleased with his outing. He was pretty effective.”
Lidge threw 12 pitches, eight of them fastballs. He walked one batter, but allowed no hits.
Amaro said he and the Phillies coaching staff would discuss today if Lidge needed to make another rehab appearance.
It sounds like Lidge is ready to me. We’ll see.
Ryan Howard said he felt fine after last night’s 10-1 victory over the Rays. He is not sure if he will play in the field tonight against the Rays.
Pat Burrell has been a disappointment so far in Tampa Bay. He has just one homer and 18 RBIs.
Pedro Feliz has had a good season, although he has struggled recently. The Phillies have a $5 million club option or a $500,000 buyout on Feliz for 2010.
“He has helped us win games, and as long as he continues to help us win games, then he’s absolutely been worth the investment for us,” Amaro said. “If he gets through this year healthy and we feel like he’s going to be a productive player for us, then clearly he’s done nothing at this point to persuade us not to pick up his option.”
“I’m happy here. I would love to [stay],” Feliz said. “I’m always going to see the happy way.”
There were plenty of Phillies fans at Tropicana Field last night, which gave the place a little atmosphere. The Rays drew just 19,608 fans to the series opener, which is a big disappointment to Rays officials.