Phillies closer Brad Lidge received a cortisone shot to combat soreness in his pitching elbow, team physician Michael Ciccotti told members of the press. Ciccotti called the soreness ‘routine’ and unrelated to surgery. Readers called BS.
“You have a guy who has made five rehab appearances now and posted generally poor results against some generally inferior competition. What is more worrisome though is that you have a pitcher who relies upon throwing his fastball hard not gaining any real additional velocity & building arm strength the last 2 weeks. That's a red flag. Now he has a cortisone shot to try to jump start the arm strength building process and Ciccotti is literally seeing how Lidge will respond to the cortisone shot over the next 48 hours.” - MG
To me, the Phillies should treat Brad Lidge the way they treated Kris Benson a few years ago. That is, they should carefully monitor all his minor league apperances and hope that he can improve to the point that he can help them. But they should certainly not count on that to happen, because it probably won't. And if it doesn't happen, they should certainly not force-feed him back onto the roster based on nothing more than a blind hope that he's suddenly going to turn it around. My No. 1 concern heading into the season is that they're going to do precisely this. – bay_area_phan
Notes: Twitter reports have clocked Lidge’s fastball in the 85-87 range, down from his 2009 93.6 mph fastball average during the season, based on Fangraphs.com data.
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