Lidge Has Shoulder Pain, Will Open Season on DL
More bad news from Clearwater.
Brad Lidge will open the season on the DL because of pain in his right shoulder. He will be examined tomorrow by team physician Michael Ciccotti. He will receive a MRI exam next week in Philadelphia. Lidge said he is hopeful he could return by mid-April, but for the moment Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras will be closing games.
Here is what he said:
Q: How did you feel yesterday?
A: It didn’t feel great. I still have some lingering issues with my shoulder. Experienced some post-shoulder discomfort in the back a little bit. Which is a little different from biceps tendinitis, but I think it probably relates a little bit. Either way, it didn’t go the way we were hoping basically trying to bump up from the percentage I was throwing at, which was hard to say exactly, but 85, 86, 87 mph range. Trying to get to the next step. Wasn’t ready yet. We’re going to have to take a little more time off and start back up again and hopefully give it a little more time to recover this time it’ll get us where we need to go.
Q: What does that do for Opening Day?
A: Opening Day I won’t be ready, based on what they’re telling me. Because we’re going to have to rest it for a while. It’s kind of up to them how long they want to rest it for. Then after that … get it examined. Dr. Ciccotti is going to look at it more tomorrow, determine to get a MRI or not. Then after that we’ll start picking it up based on what he says. But right now that’s kind of all I know. I’m still experiencing some discomfort in there, so we’re going to get more analysis.
Q: Has the pain moved a bit?
A: I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a bad sign. I know that I wish there was no pain.
Q: But it has moved to the back of the shoulder?
A: There was always a little pain in the back, which we thought was from the biceps tendinitis. But there is that. I’m not really familiar with the shoulder. I haven’t had shoulder issues before, at least not for a long time. So I’m not really familiar with the discomfort and pain I’m having, so we’re going to have the doctor look at it tomorrow.
Q: Having the MRI to see if there’s structural damage?
A: Yeah, we’re obviously hoping we just need a little more time and this time we’ll get it a little more time. But I think the big step of trying to get from 80, 85 percent, wherever I was at, up to 90 to 100 percent, I’m not able to do it right now. So we’ve got to make sure that whatever we do this time we’re able to get past that and when I come back I can get there comfortably and not have to experience pain to try to get there.
Q: Are you fearful?
A: I’m a little concerned because I haven’t had shoulder problems in the past. That being said it might just be … there’s other things in there that you can have that can be a byproduct of just straining it and they’re not serious. That’s obviously what I’m counting on right now. Hopefully right now I just needed more time than we gave it.
Q: Given how good you felt this winter you must want to scream?
A: Yeah. It’s very frustrating. Yesterday I was really pretty upset just because coming into camp this year I felt really good. I don’t know where along the line I did it. I’m sure it was pretty early in camp. It’s just been very frustrating that it hasn’t gotten a lot smoother.
Q: Did the pain get worse with every pitch you threw yesterday?
A: By the end of the inning it was definitely not feeling good.
Q: Did you think about coming out in the middle of it?
A: I wanted to finish the inning. At least I wanted to try. It was actually the first pitch to the third hitter I faced I remember feeling like I was … I felt fortunate I got the first two guys out. I knew it wasn’t really bringing a whole lot, but I was like, “I can get through this inning.” At that point I knew I was experiencing more than I wanted to in my shoulder. Getting from 80 percent to the next jump is hard right now. We’re going to see what we can do and hopefully it won’t be anything serious.
Q: Did they give you any sense how long this could be?
A: I think we’re optimistic it’s hopefully a mid-April thing, hopefully coming back by then. Really the MRI and Dr. Ciccotti’s review is going to tell us everything we need to know. Until then, like I said, I’m not familiar with shoulder stuff, so I don’t know.