Brad Lidge looked sharp in his return Monday against the Braves. Lidge pitched in the eighth, striking out one in his perfect outing. He said he feels good and he could be nearing the closer’s roll once again.
“Very close [to 100 percent],” said Lidge, who had been out with inflammation in his right elbow. “That little extra kick normally comes when you’re closing games out. I actually feel really good right now. For me, it’s just going to be getting out there as often as possible. Things feel pretty good, considering I’ve been out for most of the first couple months.”
To make room for Lidge yesterday, Nelson Figueroa was designated for assignment. It will be unclear whether or not he accepts the assignment if he clears waivers. If no team picks him up and he doesn’t go to AAA Lehigh, Figueroa will become a free agent.
“I’d have to think about it,” Figueroa said. “I do know the situation here, which is good to know. The grass isn’t always greener. I’ve done that before. I really like the makeup of this team. I like the clubhouse, the staff, the front office, the management. Everyone has been straightforward with me from Day 1.”
Figueroa is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in nine appearances including the start he made earlier in the season. The lack of use of Figueroa and how well Antonio Bastardo was pitching made the decision to DFA him a no-brainer.