As was the hot concern over Brad Lidge’s lack of velocity heated up, Todd Zolecki found out the reason why: Lidge had inflammation on the outside of his elbow and received a cortisone shot. Physician Michael Ciccotti said he doesn’t require an MRI nor is there any structural damage:
“Coming into Spring Training every year Brad has some lateral or outer elbow soreness,” Ciccotti said. “It’s just part of his reconditioning routine. Because he started a little bit later this year with his throwing because of those two surgeries (elbow surgery in November and knee surgery in January) that soreness has lingered a little bit longer. Usually it resolves by the second or the third week in March. … Again, the achiness is always along the outer aspect. His surgery was along the inner aspect of his elbow. And so to jump start him, we decided to give him an injection … His elbow is stable. Nor does he have any symptoms at all in his knee.”
This is why Lidge was not “a week ahead” as he felt he was. Just get healthy and then worry about returning.
Via the Red Bull page (and the Phightins for making this known to my knowledge):
Attention Philadelphia: Baseball All-Star and World Series champion Jimmy Rollins will be knocking baseballs over Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Red Bull Ball Park Cranks on Tuesday, April 13th. Clear your lunch hour because we’re not just talking home runs here…Rollins is aiming beyond the typical stadium distance and looking to hit a massive 550-foot bomb — or the distance of almost two football fields.
Not stopping there, Rollins will also attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Batted Ball’, which currently stands at 576 feet. The record is for the greatest distance one individual can hit a batted baseball in a legal manner with no restriction on equipment.
Rollins is encouraging his fellow Philadelphians to stop by to witness the science, the technology, the talent, the strength, or to just see their favorite professional athlete really hit it out of the park…and over a highway.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Intersection of 20th Street)
When: Tuesday, April 13 // 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The event is free and spectators are welcome!
Good luck, Jimmy!