Lidge Has Sore Elbow, Hopes to Be Back Friday

Thumbnail image for lidge 0808 2010.jpgBrad Lidge
said last night he is unconcerned about his ailing right elbow and should be ready to pitch Friday.

But the fact the elbow is hurting should cause some concern.

It is the same elbow that required surgery following the 2009 season and two cortisone shots earlier this year. Lidge said he hyperextended the elbow Saturday during a save against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. He pitched through the pain Monday in a save against the Florida Marlins, but said three consecutive days off should be enough to get him healthy.

“There’s a little bit of pain there,” he said. “We wanted to rest it today, tomorrow and an off day (Thursday). I’ll definitely be back for sure on Friday. It’s different from what I’ve had before and it’s really not bad at all. Instead of trying to throw through it in pain and maybe making it worse, they wanted to give me two days.”

Lidge is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 21 saves in 41 appearances this season. He has a 0.55 ERA and 11 saves in 12 opportunities since July 31. In 16 1/3 innings, he has allowed seven hits, two runs, one earned run and three walks and has struck out 18. Opponents have hit just .125 against him in that stretch.

Lidge said a team doctor examined him last night, confirmed the diagnosis and said “hopefully a couple days and you’ll be right back.”

He said a MRI is not scheduled.

“It really is minor,” he said. “If we had blown them out tonight and maybe tomorrow night it’s one of those things where I could have sneaked through the cracks.”

But with the Phillies holding a three-run lead in the eighth inning, Charlie Manuel started the inning with Jose Contreras, who allowed three hits and one home run. J.C. Romero followed. He walked one batter and balked the tying run to third base. Ryan Madson took over, but his wild pitch allowed the tying run to score.

Madson remained in the game and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the win. Had Lidge been healthy, Madson would have started the eighth and Lidge would have pitched the ninth.

“I’ll play catch tomorrow and hopefully it will be better,” Lidge said. “Day off on Thursday and ready to roll on Friday.”


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Haven’t we heard this from Lidge before concerning his health issues?

This time I believe him because he was great in his last outing when he pitched with the injury. This is obviously something he can continue to due if necessary, but why make the dude suffer if a few days off can do the trick?

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