Jul 152011
Phillies 3B Placido Polanco

Placido Polanco hits the Disabled List

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Phillies place Polanco on DL, activate Madson

July 15 CSN Philly

The Phillies on Friday placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation and activated closer Ryan Madson from the DL.  Bothered by the ailing back, the slumping Polanco is hitting .274 this season with four home runs and 39 RBIs. His batting average has dropped nearly 50 points since June 1 and nearly 70 points since May 23, when he ended the day batting .339.  Polanco’s DL move is retroactive to July 5,

Lidge struggles in rehab stint for Double A Reading

July 15 CSN Philly

Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning during a rehab outing Thursday night for Double A Reading at Trenton.  Lidge allowed one hit, one walk, hit two batters and threw three wild pitches during the seventh inning before being taken out of the game. He faced six batters and threw 28 pitches, 15 for strikes.  His previous outing was Monday night when he tossed a perfect inning for Reading. Lidge said prior to Thursday that he will pitch in four more rehab games before hopefully rejoining the Phillies in time for the first homestand after the All-Star break.”

Lidge outing: Top fastball, lousy control

July 15 Camden Courier-Post

Reliever Brad Lidge had a tough outing against the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night.  Lidge, who has been out all season with a shoulder injury, made his fifth minor-league rehabilitation appearance — his second straight with the Reading Phillies — the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate.  In a 9-5 loss to Trenton, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, Lidge pitched two-thirds of the seventh inning and struggled the whole way.

A look at Phillies’ second-half storylines

July 15 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury

The Phillies have survived mediocrity at the bat rack and a rash of injuries to key players in running out to the best record in the major leagues.  As they come back from the All-Star break and get ready to return to work Friday night in New York, let’s look at five story lines that will play out as the Phils try to hold off Atlanta for their fifth straight National League East title.  Get healthy, stay healthy

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