Here's the latest on recovering stopper Brad Lidge.
Lidge appeared in a minor league game today and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Twitter reports said he made between 23-25 pitches, and according to one report, was clocked between 86-89. Meanwhile at the Major League camp, Placido Polanco, Ben Francisco, Dane Sardinha and Wilson Valdez homered as the Phillies overcame a rocky start by Cole Hamels to beat the Yankees 9-7. Hamels surrendered seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in four innings of work. Barring a last-minute deal, Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon will head north. Each tossed a pair of shutout innings this afternoon; Bastardo struck out three while Herndon forced four grounders. Valdez won it with a walk-off, two-run homer, giving the win to visiting minor league right-hander Mike Stutes, who pitched a shutout ninth.
Transaction: Mike Zagurski, who has pitched sparingly and did not look sharp yesterday, was optioned to the minors before the game.Beerleaguer: For those counting at home, Lidge has allowed runs in each of his two minor league appearances. If Ryan Madson is available in your fantasy pool, make haste.