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With shoulder still hurting, Brad Lidge going for MRI

Mar 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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The Phillies have already announced that closer Brad Lidge is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to “shoulder pain.” Now they’re hoping to get a clearer diagnosis on exactly what’s ailing him.

According to Todd Zolecki of, Lidge will fly back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder because the club wants to rule out the possibility that he might have some structural damage.

Lidge pitched in two games last week, then Friday came and the Phillies decided to shut him down.

“He was actually better in his exam than he was a couple of days ago,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. “He still has some posterior soreness in his shoulder and will have an MRI Tuesday in Philadelphia. That’s where we have a baseline on previous exams Brad has had and we can compare things. We’ll go from there. We don’t have a diagnosis until we know what the MRI looks like. We’ll treat it from there.”

Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras will get save chances for however long Lidge is out.

  1. macjacmccoy - Mar 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    You make it sound like hes taking a special trip back to Philly to get an MRI. They whole team is flying back to Philly tommorow night. The reason why they didnt send him back early or get the MRI done in Florida is because they figured that it wasnt a big deal so they would just wait until the whole team got back and the doctors had access to his records that were in Philly. They already knew he was going to be on the dl to start the season so they were in no rush to get it done.

  2. phillyirishman87 - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Brad Lidge…. perfect 48/48 in 08′ finishing K against Hinske for the title…. always be grateful for his huge contribution that year but last 2 years man hes been giving me a heart attack everytime hes on the mound. between the birds and brad lidge im gona have gray hair by 25. I seriously think we should make a call the to Sox cuz papelbon isn’t gona resign with them he said he wants to test free agency and they already got his maybe successor in the pen bobby jenks. cant u picture papelbon in a phils jersey? i know he had 8 blown saves last year but ill tell ya what i watch him help the sox win 2 world titles n i loved what i saw

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