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Another solid outing: Lidge making progress

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08:15 AM ET 07.08 | Brad Lidge is hopeful that his rocky 2011 season will have a happy ending. In his quest to come back from the strained rotator-cuff injury that has sidelined him for the season and re-establish himself as the Phillies' closer, Brad Lidge turned in his second solid rehab effort for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws last night. Lidge worked the first inning against the Kannapolis Intimidators. ... Reports were that his fastball was clocked from 86 to 88 mph in his initial outing Monday against Hagerstown, when Lidge gave up two hits, but got out of the inning on a doubleplay and a groundout. He said he would like to get his fastball up to 90 mph. "When I had a few rehab games [last year], I started at 87 mph and it went up a mile per hour each game," Lidge said.

Philadelphia Daily News

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July 8, 2011  08:34 AM ET

They already have two closers. Halladay and Lee.

July 8, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Still gotta get those walks up to be back in true Lidge form.

July 8, 2011  12:01 PM ET

rather have Madson back and healthy

July 8, 2011  01:11 PM ET

i would say that the phillies have enough closers better than any other team, with three starters pitching complete games more often!!

July 8, 2011  01:24 PM ET

Sorry but 88-89 isnt gonna cut it if you cant locate. Lidge's problem has always been the BBs. This could be a final nail in the coffin for him. Madson & Bastardo have looked good, he cant compete w youth.

July 8, 2011  01:54 PM ET

Kind of reminds me of Johnny Franco at the end... Mets Fans (not the brightest bunch) were all "Johnny's coming back... Our season is saved!"

Of course the Mets were 71 - 91 in his 1st full year back and Franco was 2 - 7 with a 5+ ERA...

Keep Hoping Philly Fans... He'll be back just in time to break your Hearts... Again.

July 8, 2011  02:15 PM ET

High 80s is fine when you never put a pitch over the plate, anyway. Heck, this guy could easily be walking in the tying and winning runs until he's 60.

July 8, 2011  07:52 PM ET

As much as I want to beat on Lidge, his slider (when it's on) might be the best in baseball. If that's working, he's trouble. If not, he sucks.

July 10, 2011  12:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

As much as I want to beat on Lidge, his slider (when it's on) might be the best in baseball. If that's working, he's trouble. If not, he sucks.

That's a pretty big IF I wouldnt be comfortable with closing games. Especially when you have two guys capable of slamming the door.

A manager needs to trust his closer- I dont know if Charlie can trust him. He gave up a pair of hits in Class A ball. If he cant get those teens out, how is he gonna get major league hitters out?

 
July 14, 2011  10:39 AM ET

Manuel and Amaro have both said Lidge most likely won't return as the closer. Look for him to be a 7th or 8th inning set up man or a late game short reliever. Don't discount Lidge's value as a mentor to the young bullpen staff. Phils will be just fine.

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