Lidge Has Stiffness in Right Elbow
But after the 9-5 victory over Colorado he said he wanted to stay away from him in the ninth inning.
“Lidge can pitch,” Manuel said. “More than likely he’ll be ready tomorrow. He’s OK.”
So what changed in a matter of hours? Lidge said he felt stiffness in his right elbow after picking up a save Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Lidge said the stiffness carried into Monday, when he played catch before the game. So when the time came for the Phillies to pitch somebody in the ninth — they had a one-run lead until Ross Gload‘s pinch-hit three-run homer — they chose Jose Contreras.
“Today it didn’t feel great,” Lidge said. “I’m not worried. It’s some of the things hopefully we won’t have to deal with for very long. Out of surgery, here and there, there might be something like that. I guess it’s pretty normal. That’s what they told me. Hopefully I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Lidge had surgery on his right elbow in November following the World Series. He received a cortisone injection in the elbow in March and spent most of April rehabbing. He is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and one save in four appearances.
The Phillies just got Lidge back, and cannot afford to lose him again — especially with Ryan Madson missing at least a couple months with a broken toe.