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Phillies closer Brad Lidge

September 11 Philadelphia Daily News:

“All indications are that the Phillies have dodged a couple of injury-related bullets. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who left Wednesday’s 10-6 win over the Marlins with tightness in his right hamstring, was unavailable to play last night, but has a chance at returning this weekend.

Closer Brad Lidge, meanwhile, said before last night’s game against the Mets that he was ready to return after a two-game absence because of a sore elbow.

Rollins’ status sounds more uncertain than Lidge’s. Charlie Manuel sounded doubtful that he would return to the lineup today.

With Wilson Valdez playing short, until Rollins returns, third baseman Greg Dobbs is the only healthy reserve who can play on the left side of the infield.

“I’m hoping there’s a chance that we will” have a chance to get Rollins in the lineup today, Manuel said. “It’s a day-to-day thing . . . The only thing I know is I’ve seen the reports today and the hammy’s tight. It’s getting better. They said it’s getting better.”

Lidge, on the other hand, tested his elbow Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, where he played catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee. The veteran closer, who entered last night having allowed only one earned run in his last 16 2/3 innings, said his elbow responded positively. He has converted 21 of 26 save opportunities this season with a 3.38 ERA. He said yesterday he thinks he hyperextended his elbow while overthrowing his fastball.”

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