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Brad Lidge throws 24 pitches in extended spring game

May 28, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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Phillies reliever Brad Lidge hasn’t pitched in a game this season because of a right posterior rotator cuff strain that he suffered near the end of March.

The right-hander took a big step forward Saturday, tossing 24 pitches in a game at extended spring training and reporting no issues with his shoulder. This according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Lidge will make another appearance at extended spring training on Tuesday and could progress to a minor league rehab assignment by late next week if everything continues to go smoothly.

His goal right now is to return to the Phillies’ bullpen by the end of June.

Ryan Madson has been handling save situations with Lidge sidelined and boasts 10 saves in 10 opportunities. If Madson continues performing well, he should retain ninth inning duties even when Lidge returns.

  1. dbick - May 28, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Brad Lidge makes me nervous everytime he’s on the mound, even when he’s pitching well. I don’t know what they should do with him, because at this point I think Contreras and Madson are both better options in the 8th and 9th innings.

    • spudchukar - May 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Don’t worry even if he is the 7th or 8th inning dude, he will still lose games for the Phillies, just earlier.

  2. cup0pizza - May 29, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Thrilling.

    • mercyflush - May 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      what? another post on a Phillies thread by cup0pizza? Man, I’ve never seen a person so obsessed with one baseball team! It’s like he sits there and keeps hitting refesh until he sees a new Phillies thread, and then he pounces. And then he ejaculates.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 29, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Uncle Charlie loves this guy, so a return to closing duties would not surprise me.

  4. professor59 - May 29, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    It’s OK. I paid his driver to circle the city until his contract expires.

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