Apr 072011
Phillies closer Brad Lidge

Phillies closer Brad Lidge

By Justin Adkins:

On Wednesday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel went on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM and confirmed what pretty much everyone already knew — closer Brad Lidge will be out until at least the All-Star break.

“I’m probably looking at maybe All-Star break, or… just before that,” Manuel said.

Lidge had been struggling all spring with his velocity, barely throwing in the high 80s.  He was first diagnosed with biceps tendonitis, which then turned into a right posterior rotator cuff strain.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said at the time that Lidge would be shut down for three to six weeks.  That would mean no throwing during that stretch, and afterward Lidge would require rehab and general strengthening.  That process is going to take months.

For now, we have Jose Contreras furiously chewing gum in the ninth, with Ryan Madson continuing in his role as eigth-inning setup man.  So far Contreres has gotten the job done but at times he has displayed a starter’s mentality, nibbling with two strikes instead of going for the strikeout, likely due to him being unable to overpower anyone with his stuff.

Hopefully the Phillies get a BOGO deal and both Lidge and Utley are back on the field come July.

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