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Brad Lidge returning tomorrow, but will he close?

Apr 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

After back-to-back scoreless outings on his minor-league rehab assignment, Brad Lidge is scheduled to return from the disabled list tomorrow. Two weeks ago Charlie Manuel said Lidge may not immediately reclaim ninth-inning duties, but fill-in closer Ryan Madson blowing two of his last three save opportunities may have changed the manager’s mind.
Even setting aside the offseason knee and elbow surgeries that Lidge is coming back from now, he put together one of the worst closer seasons in baseball history last year by going 0-8 with 11 blown saves and a 7.21 ERA. In other words, three-week stint on the disabled list or not handing closer duties back to Lidge comes with plenty of question marks.
Lidge’s rehab assignment got off to a poor start, but he threw seven scoreless innings over his final six appearances and pronounced himself “ready to go” after totaling four strikeouts in two perfect innings Tuesday at Double-A.

  1. Utley's hair - Apr 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Great. Now we have two closers and Madson. I say ease Lidge back in, but keep Baez in the loop as well. There’s no rule saying we need to have one defined closer.

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