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Brad Lidge aiming to begin rehab assignment Monday

Jun 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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Brad Lidge, who has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and shoulder problems, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, at which point the Phillies may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the rehab stint could start as soon as Monday, but notes that the Phillies may ask Lidge to make 8-12 appearances before rejoining the bullpen.

That seems like an awful lot of work in the minors unless he looks terrible early on and for his part Lidge told Salisbury that he’s aiming to return “sometime between the All-Star break and the end of July.”

Charlie Manuel has stated previously that Ryan Madson would remain the closer even after Lidge is back, but now Madson is also on the DL with a hand injury and those plans could potentially change if Lidge beats him back from the DL and thrives right away. In the meantime Antonio Bastardo will continue to fill in as closer.

  1. bleedgreen - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Huh… I wasn’t looking forward to having him back, but with the infirmary…. err I mean bullpen we have now, he can certainly contribute.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Lidge could use some mental rehab…lots of it.

  3. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jun 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Shouldn’t have banned Bicepts. Just sayin. Off the record, how does Rick Chandler get paid for copying and pasting half the stuff he posts from the main MSNBC page, while throwing in his 2 cents in the end? The times he doesn’t, he’s not talking about sports. Ok, to keep it about the post at hand, does anyone really care about what’s going on with Brad Lidge right now? He was good a few years ago if I remember correctly, but hasn’t had much of an impact since then. That kid pitched a good ninth inning for the Phils the other night. If I were running that team, I think I’d take anyone in their pen other than Lidge at this point. If you’re a Phillies fan, give him credit for what he did before, but you gotta let a guy go when he’s not gonna help your team. On that note, Go Orioles!

  4. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jun 30, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    I’m gonna have to hit the gym and get my heart in shape for this!

  5. macjacmccoy - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    The Phillies have so many good closers its kinda nuts. Madson is 1 of the best in the league, Lidge is unpredictable he’ll go on a 3 month strech where hes great but then it will switch and he’ll become no better then average but when hes on hes on and is completely unhittable, Bastardo has looked dominant all year no matter what inning it is and seems to be on his way to being one of the best relievers in baseball if he isnt already, Contreras is serviceable and has gotten the job done every time he’s been asked, and even though Michael Stutes hasnt closed he has been very good in the 7th and 8th and seems to have that 1 2 3 set em up and knock em down mind set every closer needs.

    All the “Experts” claimed that the Phillies bullpen was 1 of the worst in the league and would be the achillies heal of the team. They couldnt have been more wrong. Not only have they not been horrible they have been 1 of the best in baseball despite having to constantly shift unproven players in an out of the bullpen into the rotation, the DL, and triple A bc of the injuries they have suffered to the pitching staff this year. Bastardo is the only member of the bullpen that hasnt needed to be replaced this year.

    After watching the way the Phillies bullpen has performed so far this season if it is still considered the “Achillies Heel” of the team I would be extremely worried if I wasnt a fan of theirs. Because if a unit that good is considered the worst part of a team then …….. you get the picture.

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