In addition to Raul Ibanez (groin/abdomen) and Scott Eyre (elbow), who will be reexamined for previously known ailments, 2009 bust Brad Lidge will also have his elbow tested for loose bodies, the Phillies announced.
In other news, the Phillies have picked up Cliff Lee’s option for 2010. No surprise there. Meanwhile, they have until Monday to decide whether they exercise Pedro Feliz’s $5 million option. Beerleaguer: You know, that really chaps my ass about Lidge, and I wish I knew where to point my finger. It’s one thing to shrug off a knee injury and spend eight months pretending it’s not bothering him. Now we get news of an elbow injury? So let me get this straight: healthy pitchers stay home; we’re bringing the guy with 11 blown saves, a 7.21 ERA and two injuries along for the postseason?
On Feliz, that's a definite pass on the $5 million option. Pocket the money and bring him back on a lesser free agent deal if the Phillies can't make a trade or lure an upgrade. There were absolutely no takers for Feliz two years and 4,000 more points on the Dow ago, coming off a year in which he had 20 homers, not 12.