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Lidge Throws Successful Rehab with BlueClaws

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 05, 2011 08:00 AM | Comments: 21
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Philadelphia relief pitcher Brad Lidge made his first official regular season rehab appearance of the 2011 season on Monday night for the Phillies Class A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws.

Lidge tossed a scoreless inning to start the contest, against the Nationals affiliate, the Hagerstown Suns. He threw 15 pitches, 9 of which were strikes.

Initially, the outing wasn’t looking too great, as Lidge surrendered hits to the first two batters of the game. However, he quickly induced a grounder to shortstop Edgar Duran for a double play, then wrapped up the opening frame on a ground out to third baseman Moose Mattair.

The right-handed Lidge, who has been out of action since spring training with elbow and shoulder issues, was rather satisfied with his effort and is hoping to progress without any setbacks.

“I’m not taking any day for granted,” Lidge told Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press. “That actually felt really good to get out there and the first time pitching in real competition since the post season last year. I was definitely pleased by the results.”

While Lidge has spent time on the disabled list in each of his four seasons with Philadelphia, this is the longest stint of his career on the sidelines.

The 34-year-old Lidge, who initially dealt with a rotator cuff strain prior to the starts of the regular season, last pitched on May 31st in an extended spring training game in Florida, retiring 5 batters.

Immediately after that outing in May, Lidge was confident he was headed for a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Clearwater, but elbow discomfort set it the next day. The Phillies and Lidge hope that he feels fine on Tuesday. If that is the case, and Lidge continues to be pain-free, he will likely pitch another rehab game on Thursday. A target return date to Philadelphia is still unclear, however.

“I’m going to be here a couple of more times at least,” Lidge said. “I’ve got a few outings I’m going to have to make, here, Reading, Lehigh (Valley).

“If I come out and am feeling good tomorrow, then I’ll know that, knock on wood, we’re not going to be that far off, in terms of how much longer I miss. Obviously, I’ve got to get a bunch of outings (before I am activated by the Phillies),” Lidge added.

After his inning of work in Lakewood, Lidge, who served as the Phillies’ closer for three seasons, expressed a considerable level of excitement with the emergence of lefty hurler Antonio Bastardo this season. The 25-year-old Bastardo, who is 5-for-5 in save opportunities and has a 0.87 ERA this season, is filling in nicely as of late, with Lidge and two other replacement closers, Ryan Madson (hand) and Jose Contreras (forearm), on the disabled list.

“It’s very impressive,” Lidge said. “When Bastardo came in (last week) and got a save against the Red Sox, Madson and I were looking at each other (and saying), “It’s not that easy, is it?’”

The BlueClaws were victorious the Independence Day contest in walk-off fashion. The two-time defending South Atlantic League champions defeated Hagerstown by a score of 3-2 on a game winning single by Moose Mattair that scored Zach Collier in the bottom of the 9th inning.
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  • Posts: 0 Don M

    while we’re getting great results from Bastardo and Stutes, it would be HUGE to pick up a legit bullpen arm, without having to make a trade. . . . so if Lidge/ Contreras were to come back that might be all the bullpen help we need!

     
  • Posts: 0 Shaun

    They won with a walk off grand-slam last night. It was pretty awesome to see that, and Lidge looking pretty good to boot.

     
  • Posts: 0 dylan

    ATTENTION NATION VICTORINO IS LEADING!!! THE VOTE IN AS THE LAST MEMBER OF THE ALL STAR TEAM KEEP VOTING FOR HIM PHILLIES FANS ARE THE BEST

     
  • Posts: 299 Jay Floyd

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    Shaun, the walk-off hit was a single.

    The field umpire changed the call. No walk-off grand slam for Mattair, who had hit a slam over the weekend.

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Brad Lidge? Rehab? Yawn.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 64 Jonathan Nisula

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    How was his velocity?

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Just like in the Majors heart attack Lidge surrenders a few hits/walks. My heart cant take it let the Bastard an Mad Dog shut down the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 299 Jay Floyd

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    Stadium speed gun was not functional during his inning. No speed reading were available. I will see if I can find out later today if the coaching staff has those details.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    can someone tell me how Albert is back so quick?????????????????

    My dr. told me that his break would take atleast 6-8 weeks to even heal. My dr. said he best educated guess is steroids. Helps the muscles heal much faster. I agree. No human could heal that quick. Its ashame but I always thought he was a user.

     
  • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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    Considering all the bullpen injuries this year, the more options the better IMO.

    If we could get healthy- Madson, Contreras, Stutes, Bastardo, Lidge, Kendrick
    Could use another lefty, but still, that’s a very good bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 971 betasigmadeltashag

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    I posted this on the other thread, but I will ask it again. If Lidge can get his velocity back up and comes back into form, what will his role in the Phillies pen. Madson, Bastardo, have shown they can be above average closers, and if Madson regains his form, Bastardo and Stutes, and even Contreos have shown they are more than capable set up guys for the 8th,and even the seventh, can Lidge be a Right handed specialist, or the guy that pitches the 7th or 8th when the kids need a day off. I like Lidge, but I am not sure how he will fit into the pen.

     
    • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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      I don’t think Lidge has to be the closer, he can play any role better than Herndon or Baez IMO. It’s convincing Charlie of that, he’s pretty stubborn about these things.

       
  • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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    Sorry, This is completely off topic but interesting,

    I heard Jayson Stark on Mike and Mike this morning. I only listened because Greenburg wasn’t there, replaced by Buster Olney, normally I hate that show. Stark said something about Ruben fighting for resources, and they don’t want to go into luxury tax. Then he said that by late July- quote-

    “I just can’t believe that an ownership group that has this much invested in this season is going to sit back and say- nah, we’re not going to add a piece. Assuming they get Lidge and Madson back, I think they need a bat, they do not score against good pitching.”

     
    • Posts: 2990 Chuck A.

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      If Stark said it….I tend to believe it.

       
      • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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        I should have noted that it was just his opinion, but I tend to believe what he says too. He’s seems to be pretty well connected to everyone in the F.O.

         
  • Posts: 971 betasigmadeltashag

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    and teams can not score on our pitching if they are on so there buster

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I heard that Lefty and I believe it to be true and not necessarily because Stark says it. It wouldn’t make sense to construct a team like this and not spend the extra dough on a bat, especially when you know you’re going to get a lot of salary relief next year. RE: Lidge. C’mon. The guy is shot. I stand by the prediction that I made at the beginning of the season, when he was first shut down, that Brad Lidge will never save another game for the this team again. Now I’m thinking that if he actually does, then we are all gonna be in pretty bad shape.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I agree it will be silly for them not to add another RH bat. Mayberry isnt the answer nothing against the kid i think he will make a good bencher 4th OF one day. RAJ was quoted i think last week saying that he thinks the offense is fine an values pitching more than offense. I think that was he way of saying my hands are tied this is it. At times they cant even score against a mediocre pitcher. They make the John Public with a 4.50 ERA look like Coufax. Even Sarge gave his 2 cents the other day an bought up some valuable points. If we make it to playoffs be plenty of close games assuming our pitching holds. I will expect a lot of 3-2 type of games. I just hope we be the one on the 3 side.

     
  • Posts: 2990 Chuck A.

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    Yeah, but if Lidge can come out of the pen and pitch to a few batters or an inning….late in the game….and is EFFECTIVE….then who’s complaining? Not saying that he’s gonna be the closer. But with Contreras having health issues and Madson shut down for now and not guaranteed to be effective when he does come back…..just having the possibility of another reliever that can contribute is a big thing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Larry

    Brad come back we need you for at least 28 saves good luck

     
  • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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    The Dipsy’s prediction is looking pretty good, and I remember that he said it.

    Here’s what I’m thinking with Lidge. In the beginning of the season we all thought Blanton would be our trade piece at the deadline. Maybe now the heightened focus of PR has been put on Lidge because he is a viable trade piece. Think about it, he has a great rep throughout the league, and is a rent a player that does not have to be re-signed. So that means he would have to go to a contender. What contenders have an RH OF with a little pop that they would give up because they need a closer?

    Mariano Rivera’s health is not good, who else might have a bat and be in need of a closer?

     
 
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