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Brad Lidge's surgically repaired elbow is sore

May 11, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

Brad Lidge moved back into the closer role Sunday and picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, but was unavailable last night because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.
Jose Contreras was warming up to attempt a one-run save in Lidge’s place before Ross Gload’s ninth-inning homer extended the lead to four runs and afterward Lidge explained that his elbow “didn’t feel great” while playing catch before the game.

I’m not worried. It’s some of the things hopefully we won’t have to deal with for very long. Out of surgery, here and there, there might be something like that. I guess it’s pretty normal. That’s what they told me. Hopefully I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.

Ryan Madson is out for two months following toe surgery, so the Phillies can’t rely on their usual fill-in closer should Lidge need extended time off and will be leaning on Contreras, J.C. Romero, Danys Baez, and Chad Durbin to get key outs late in games.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - May 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Lidge missed ONE game with elbow soreness. Speculation on who would close “should Lidge need extended time off” isn’t called for yet.

  2. Jonny5 - May 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Go ahead and boo me out Phellow Phillie Phans, but this is good imo. Now we can just move on to the newest closer on the team. Contreras. Yes I’m giving up hope when it comes to Brad. I’ve just never held him in very high esteem. I know “perfect season”, well it was half luck and half decent pitching, but now he lost the ability to be decent and his luck has run out. Now onto Jose C. Contreras’ dominance is no fluke – as a reliever this year his average fastball has jumped up to 94.7 mph and he sports an 11.6 K/9 with a career-best 54.2% groundball rate. The relief sample is growing – since his Rockies role change Contreras has a 0.95 ERA, 10.4 K/9, and 2.4 BB/9 in 19 innings. How can you argue with the numbers, we’ve had brad’s replacement riding the bench and playing setup man. Time to tell Brad the better closer is getting the job.

  3. jwb - May 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Brad Lidge Tasered after jogging onto field in 9th inning.

  4. Sam - May 12, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    one game… and most of the season thus far

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