Phillies closer Brad Lidge caught his spike on the mound during morning workouts, “feeling a pull” in his surgically repaired knee.
Lidge, who underwent October surgery on his right knee and was acquired by the Phils soon after, limped off the field after talking with team trainers, according to the AP report. The right-hander says he’s hoping he only pulled scar tissue loose. The team will find out more on the extent of the injury tomorrow.
Beerleaguer: Not ready to push the panic button just yet, however, it could certainly move Lidge’s opening-day readiness from “questionable” to “doubtful.” If the injury turns out to be serious, then the Phils could be forced to bring in outside help, which includes free agent Kyle Lohse, who would allow Brett Myers to return to the bullpen, with more than a month to prepare.
The truth of the matter is, the Phils should already have someone waiting in the wings at set-up in case something like this happens, and they don't. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.