Lidge Feels Good, Shoots for Houston Series
But forget about the line for a second. Lidge is trying to build arm speed, so his fastball isn’t where it should be. His slider isn’t, either.
“All in all for my first outing I would say I was pretty pleased,” he said. “My knee felt real strong. A couple location problems. The command isn’t really spectacular right now. I’m pleased with where my arm is, it’s just going to take however many more outings to get behind the ball and get through it to get the velocity going. But in terms of problems, no. I was very encouraged there were no problems.
“I’m trying to develop arm speed right now. There are going to be times when I go to my good slider to get a swing and a miss on a 0-2 pitch, but I’ve got to throw fastballs right now. So I’ve got to force myself to do it, even it means they get a hit here or there. I’m not really concerned about that. I’m concerned about getting my arm speed to keep progressing.”
Lidge figures he needs about nine more appearances this spring to be ready to pitch in a regular-season game. And that means Opening Day is a long shot. Lidge said a more realistic target is the April 9-11 series in Houston.
“It’s going to be really tough to be ready for the opener,” he said. “In my mind I’m still shooting for it, but I don’t know if that’s realistic. I definitely will like I’ll be ready for (the April 12-15 series against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park) if I progress the way it should. … I want to be out there as much as I can, but we’ve got a deep bullpen. Obviously, we’ve got guys that can get it done while J.C. (Romero) and I are getting our arm speed back. If we were on a bubble team and we had to be ready from Day 1 that’s one thing, but I think our team can cover just about anybody at any position for a week or two. That’s the fortunate part of being on a team as good as us.”
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