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Charlie Manuel says Brad Lidge 'looked ready' to close last night

May 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

Charlie Manuel said Monday afternoon that Brad Lidge wasn’t ready to resume closing yet, but apparently changed his mind following a scoreless inning just a few hours later.
After the game Manuel said:

Tonight he looked ready. His slider was better. His fastball was better. Everything about it was better.

Ryan Madson is set to undergo toe surgery Tuesday, so the path has definitely been cleared for Lidge to reclaim ninth-inning duties in Philadelphia.

  1. Dan - May 4, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I’m not too optimistic about Lidge from what I saw. He’s not throwing his slider for strikes. If hitters stay patient they can really take advantage of his control issues with the breaking ball.

  2. GSS - May 4, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    He threw 10 sliders last night, 6 of them for strikes.

  3. Jonny5 - May 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Lidge had command last night. And i liked it. I still see myself as a nervous wreck every time he comes out to either save or blow a game.

  4. Route36West - May 5, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    But then the following night the Phillies go into the 9th inning with a 1-0 lead and instead of pulling Hamels after 112 pitches and bringing in Lidge they decide to keep Hamels in. Then after Hamels predictably allowed the game to be tied the Phillies brought in Lidge and he threw a perfect inning(except for an intentional walk to set up the double play).
    So apparently Manuel didnt change his mind after a couple hours or he would have used Lidge to begin the 9th inning.
    I gotta say though after seeing Lidge pitch lights out in 2 rehab games and then after seeing how good his slider looked and the velocity on his fast ball last night. Im encouraged. Monday night doesnt bother me because it was his first game back and in a situation where he wont be used in the much if at all in the future.

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