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Lidge Gets Closer


lidge 0529.jpgBrad Lidge
threw a scoreless inning last night in a rehab appearance for Single-A Clearwater.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lidge “threw pretty well. We’re pretty pleased, and I think he was pretty pleased with his outing. He was pretty effective.”

Lidge threw 12 pitches, eight of them fastballs. He walked one batter, but allowed no hits.

Amaro said he and the Phillies coaching staff would discuss today if Lidge needed to make another rehab appearance.

It sounds like Lidge is ready to me. We’ll see.

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Ryan Howard said he felt fine after last night’s 10-1 victory over the Rays. He is not sure if he will play in the field tonight against the Rays.

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Pat Burrell has been a disappointment so far in Tampa Bay. He has just one homer and 18 RBIs.

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Pedro Feliz has had a good season, although he has struggled recently. The Phillies have a $5 million club option or a $500,000 buyout on Feliz for 2010.

“He has helped us win games, and as long as he continues to help us win games, then he’s absolutely been worth the investment for us,” Amaro said. “If he gets through this year healthy and we feel like he’s going to be a productive player for us, then clearly he’s done nothing at this point to persuade us not to pick up his option.”

“I’m happy here. I would love to [stay],” Feliz said. “I’m always going to see the happy way.”

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There were plenty of Phillies fans at Tropicana Field last night, which gave the place a little atmosphere. The Rays drew just 19,608 fans to the series opener, which is a big disappointment to Rays officials.

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Back in Tampa Bay

tropicana field.jpgAh, Tropicana Field.

Such charm.

The Trop, as locals call it, reminds me of Olympic Stadium, only instead of being in Montreal and having Youppi as a mascot, we’re in St. Petersburg and have an aardvark as a mascot. (I have since been informed from a reliable source that the Rays mascot is a seadog, which I’m afraid is even worse than an aardvark.) Yep, not much atmosphere at the Trop. Not much of a crowd expected this week against the Phillies, either. I remember saying last year that it would be a shame for the Rays to win the World Series because nobody in Tampa Bay really cares about the team. I’m afraid that’s holding true this season. Attendance is up from last year, but they’re not packing them in, either.

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No word yet if Ryan Howard is flying to Florida to join the team today. As soon as I know, I’ll pass it along.

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Raul Ibanez is taking batting practice. Just thought I’d let you know.

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In case you missed it, the Phillies officially announced Clay Condrey is on the DL with a strained left oblique. Sergio Escalona takes his place.

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It is ridiculously hot and humid outside. Or maybe I just think that because it’s been 60 and raining in Philly for the past two months.

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