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Brad Lidge aiming for mid-June return

Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:30 pm
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By Evan Brunell

LidgeBrad Lidge has yet to pitch in 2011 thanks to a right shoulder sprain, but his return date is nearing.

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Lidge believes he will return sometime in mid-June and has just begun a throwing program to strengthen his arm. Lidge will essentially have to repeat spring training all over again, replete with getting his arm in shape and pitching bullpen sessions and extended spring-training games. He'll also certainly need a few minor-league rehab assignments, but the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing.

Philadelphia has so far weathered Lidge's absence rather well as the club ranks 11th in the majors with a 2.99 bullpen ERA. That's also without a large chunk of work by Jose Contreras, who replaced Lidge in the ninth before coming down with his own injury. Ryan Madson has stepped in as closer capably so far, but that's exposed the underbelly of the 'pen as a result. They've gotten away with it so far, but one can't lose two of the team's three best relievers without eventually paying for it. If Philly's lucky, they won't pay for it until mid-June.

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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Brad Lidge aiming for mid-June return

It would be nice to see Brad Lidge return to form when he returns. Can we get a gaurantee for that? Moving to the closer role and allowing Ryan Madson to go back to the 8th would certainly make the Phillies stronger. It is my hope the Phils can hang on and Charlie Manuel will continue to work his mojo and keep winning until other members of the team (i.e. Jose Contreras, Roy Oswalt, Chase Utley, and Carlos Ruiz) can return from the DL. Go Phils!


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