In a statement from the Phillies:
Right-hander Brad Lidge was activated from the disabled list today, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-hander Danys Baez was designated for assignment.
Lidge, 34, has missed the entire season due to a right posterior rotator cuff strain suffered in spring training. He was originally placed on the disabled list on March 25. Over an eight-game rehabilitation stint between single-A Lakewood and double-A Reading, Lidge went 0-0 with a 3.52 ERA, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings. For his career with the Phillies (2008-10), Lidge has gone 3-9 with 99 saves and a 3.99 ERA in 189 games.
Baez, 33, was 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA in 29 appearances this season. He went 5-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 80 games in his two seasons with the Phillies (2010-11).
That will pretty much do it for Danys Baez. I’m not sure anyone would want to even take a flier on him other than a minor league deal as a filler. One of the nicest guys in the clubhouse was one of the worst players on the team. It was only a matter of time before this move was made. Some wish it had come earlier.
Perhaps I’m of the minority, but I do believe Brad Lidge has a little something left in the tank. As long as that wipeout slider still slides – and by all accounts it has – then he can offer something. BUT, he should NOT close games at any point this season, unless an injury necessitates that. He’ll be fine swapping with Baez, because it couldn’t get much worse anyway.