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Brad Lidge needs “about six more appearances” in the minors

Jul 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Brad Lidge threw a scoreless inning last night at Double-A in his fourth minor-league rehab appearance, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be cleared to return from the disabled list this week.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lidge “still could require about six more appearances” in the minors before the Phillies consider activating him, which jibes with the rehab timetable laid out by the team earlier this month.

Lidge has been on the DL for the entire season with shoulder and elbow problems, but has thrown four innings of one-run ball in the minors while striking out six and walking none.

Jose Contrerasrecent setback means the Phillies need a healthy Lidge in the second half more than ever, but Ryan Madson being on the verge of returning from his own stint on the DL gives them some leeway to be cautious with Lidge’s comeback. Oh, and having the best record in baseball at 57-34 helps too. Philadelphia’s focus at this point should be October, not July.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Agreed, don’t rush him. Let him achieve stability with his command and arm strength in the minors.

    With that being said, I’m not expecting anything from him for the rest of the year and believe the Phillies will still aquire another arm in the bullpen by the trade deadline. If Lidge gives us any quality innings this year, it’s gravy.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    They should throw Pujols down there for a rehab game and see if he freezes like a deer in headlights on the mound…

  3. jeffhink - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    When the season started I was hoping to not see Lidge at all with the Phils. But with the injuries to the bullpen he can be valuable as a setup man for Madson. His rehab games have been encouraging as he seems to get better in each outing. If he can come back and play well down the stretch I wouldn’t even mind seeing him signed to a 1 year deal (obviously incentive laden) for 2012. That bullpen will need some vetern leadership with Madson, Baez, and Lidge becoming free agents and Contreras possibly retiring.

    • jeffhink - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      I know Baez sucks, but a lot of the young guys say he is a good presence and good teacher in the bullpen.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Great. Then make him a coach. Just don’t put him on the mound.

    • FC - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Well first the Phillies would have to pay him his buyout for 2012 (he has an option). Second, he wants to close and is likely going to free agency to see what team will have him as a closer. 2009 aside, Lidge’s real problem is that he seems brittle. Throughout 09, 10 and 11 he’s unable to pitch a full season without extended trips to the DL. I’m not saying a RP should never go on the DL. But Regardless of performance, from the durability standpoint Lidge has been a total bust.

      As a matter of fact, if you type Brad lidge in google the first suggested search is: brad lidge injury. That tells you everything you need to know about him.

  4. Utley's Hair - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I’ve been a big Lidge apologist for a while—just ask Jonny—but his closing days are apparently over. I agree that Lidge should be given a shot at setup or mopup roles, especially since the Phils are on the hook for that contract. Whether they should resign him would absolutely depend on how he does if/when he does come back up.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Yup, yup, and yup. His last season wasn’t too bad either. That’s not saying i expect anything spectacular from him, because i don’t. He is definitely a better option than Baez at this point imo.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        “He is definitely a better option than Baez at this point imo.”

        Who? Dubee? Greg Gross?

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jul 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    In this picture it looks as though Lidge is the mouth of the human centipede. He also looks like he enjoys that role.

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