Lidge on His Way
April 27, 2010
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It would be excellent news when the Phillies get Brad Lidge back. They have been hurting tremendously in the bull pen with the poor seasons so far for David Herndon, Danys Baez, and Ryan Madson. All three have an ERA above 6.00 and have had outings that made struck worries in the hearts of the fans.
According to Ryan Lawrence’s tweet, Lidge threw two innings today for AA Reading, striking out four and getting the other two outs via ground out. The only base runner he allowed reached on an error. With an outing like that, Lidge would hope to be back in the pen soon.
Madson has filled in considerably well despite his lone blown save that wasted eight shut out innings by Kyle Kendrick against the Braves last week. Baez and Herndon have both caused fans to utter, “Oh no!” when they would enter the game. With three more pitchers on the return, it will be very interesting what guys lose spots in the pen.
Recently acquired long-arm Nelson Figueroa was used in a spot start situation in which he threw over 100 pitches in his five-inning, two-run outing against Arizona. The Phillies would love to have him back in the pen once J.A. Happ and/or Joe Blanton return; the latter will likely back in less than a week.