Phillies closer Brad Lidge experienced some discomfort in his forearm early in camp and has pitched in only four Grapefruit League games.
Phillies.com scribe Todd Zolecki told Howard Eskin yesterday that he hasn't heard or seen anything unusual regarding the Phillies' stopper, who was a perfect 48-for-48 in regular-and-postseason save opportunities last season. Lidge, who said he would like to eventually pitch back-to-back days this spring in preparation of the season, according to Chris Wheeler, is running out of days to do so. Both he and reliever Chad Durbin have been slowed by injuries this spring. Around camp, earlier injury scares have been soothed, however. Cole Hamels threw 48 pitches, 35 of them for strikes, in a minor league game yesterday and reported no discomfort, tossing 3 2-3 scoreless innings against a group of Pittsburgh minor leaguers. In nearby Dunedin, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley went yard in the Phillies' 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. For Werth, it was his fourth, for Utley, his first since returning to the field.
Notes: The Phillies are off today. A source for the San Francisco Chronicle reiterated that the Phillies have some interest in left-handed reliever Jack Taschner. In 67 appearances last season, the soon-to-be 31-year-old was 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA and 39/24 K/BB ratio, relegated to second lefty out of the pen with the arrival of Alex Hinshaw. Taschner hasn't been the model for lock-down LOOGY consistency over his career and reportedly allowed close to half of his inherited runners to score last season. This spring, he's walked 12 batters in nine innings, and the Giants are reportedly taking a hard look at free agent lefthander Will Ohman.