Lidge Gets Cortisone Shot, Return Delayed
His elbow is bothering him.
The Phillies said today Lidge has inflammation on the outer part of his elbow, which required a cortisone injection yesterday. Lidge had surgery on the inner part of his elbow in November, but Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti said the inflammation is unrelated to the surgery.
Ciccotti said no MRI is required and Lidge has no structural damange in his elbow.
“Coming into Spring Training every year Brad has some lateral or outer elbow soreness,” Ciccotti said. “It’s just part of his reconditioning routine. Because he started a little bit later this year with his throwing because of those two surgeries (elbow surgery in November and knee surgery in January) that soreness has lingered a little bit longer. Usually it resolves by the second or the third week in March. … Again, the achiness is always along the outer aspect. His surgery was along the inner aspect of his elbow. And so to jump start him, we decided to give him an injection … His elbow is stable. Nor does he have any symptoms at all in his knee.”
Ciccotti said Lidge will long toss Friday. Depending on how that goes, he could throw in the bullpen Saturday or Sunday.
Obviously, this sets back Lidge’s return. How long? It’s tough to say. Lidge said yesterday he hoped to rejoin the team the second week of the season, but a return the third week of April wouldn’t be a surprise. But a cortisone injection never is a good thing, and this is worth watching.
“Our goal had always been to get him back by mid-April,” Ciccotti said. “And so with this it may not necessarily change that time frame very much. Maybe the third week or so of April.”