Lidge Has Knee Surgery

Brad Lidge just had his second surgery of the offseason, this time on his knee. He could potentially miss the season opener but the Phillies are optimistic he won’t. After having both knee and elbow problems during his rough 2009 (had elbow surgery at the end of November), Lidge his hopeful he can return back to 2008 form.

“This past year was rough,’’ an upbeat Lidge told in a telephone interview Thursday. “My elbow was bothering me. My knee was bothering me. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think these two surgeries should allow me to physically feel like I did in 2008.’’

I don’t see him having another poor season like 2009, where he blew 11 saves and had 7.21 ERA after going 41-41 in 2008 and 7-7 in the playoffs to lead the Phillies to their first championship in 28 years. He had knee problems early in the year which messed with his mechanics, affecting his throwing elbow which he had surgery on, and ultimately screwing with his control and velocity.


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