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Phils' Lidge will begin season on DL

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 12:07 pm
 
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies closer Brad Lidge will open the season on the disabled list, the team said Friday morning.

Lidge told reporters that he has "lingering issues" with his right shoulder, and that he will see a doctor on Saturday. Lidge said he hopes to be able to return by the middle of April, but he hasn't looked good this spring and there is some concern within the organization that his condition could be more serious.

Lidge has allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings this spring, and his velocity has been down. He was shut down for a week with biceps tendinitis, but the shoulder problem is something new.

"I'm a little concerned, because I haven't had shoulder problems in the past," Lidge told reporters .

Lidge began last season on the DL because of an elbow problem. He missed the start of the 2008 season with a knee injury, but came back to go 48-for-48 in save opportunities as the Phillies won the World Series.

The Phillies will also begin the season without second baseman Chase Utley, who hasn't played this spring because of a knee problem. Utley continues to take batting practice, and to field ground balls while sitting on a stool, but he has yet been able to run, let alone play in a game.

Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras are likely to close games in Lidge's absence. Madson has been a very good setup man when healthy, but has had mixed success as a closer. He had 10 saves in 16 opportunities in 2009. Contreras, who spent most of his career as a starter, saved four games for the Phillies last year.

The Phillies still aren't sure who will replace Utley, either at second base or in the third spot in the lineup. They've been auditioning Luis Castillo, who was released last week by the Mets, but the early reviews haven't been very good, and there's a real chance that Castillo will be released before opening day.

The other options for the Phillies at second base are Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.

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Phils' Lidge will begin season on DL




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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:24 am
 

Phils' Lidge will begin season on DL

hey chiro....what did the yanks do to your team in 2009 ws....last i saw you arent the champs for over 2 years now....sort of going on the past huh....hate to tell you buddy but the game is won on the field



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Phils' Lidge will begin season on DL

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Phils' Lidge will begin season on DL

Actually, there was trash talking.  Of course, it was before the '07 season even started and Rollins said the Phils were the team to beat in the NL East.  Turns out they were.
Yeh, Kudos to Rollins for saying that TO THE METS.  Don't believe he had any other message for any other team.  The goal was to prove the Phillies were contenders to make the playoffs.  A step in the right direction, and it was. 

So you want to call that trash talking, ok.  Yet, he was justified, wasn't he?

Also, I don't know how that moron could say the Phillies were trash talking when it took an epic collapse from the Mets to even allow to Phils to make it into the playoffs.
Yes, the Mets collapsed.  It was huge.  However, you can't discredit the Phillies for winning the division, because they still had to go out there and win it.  They had to go on a huge September run.  They had 6 games against the Mets, and swept them both times.  Beat the Mets that year 12-6 in the season series.  So it's not like the Mets handed it to the Phillies.  The Phillies still had to take it, and take it they did. 




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