As expected, Brad Lidge will be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow's opener against the Mets following a month-long rehab tour.
From a Phillies news release - Lidge, 33, was placed on the disabled list on March 26 while recovering from right elbow surgery. He combined to go 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA with four walks and eight strikeouts in eight rehab appearances between Lehigh Valley, Reading and Clearwater. After allowing five runs over his first two rehab appearances in 1 2-3 innings, Lidge pitched seven scoreless innings over his final six appearances. To make room for Lidge on the 25-man roster, Antonio Bastardo was optioned to Lehigh Valley. the 24-year-old left-hander appeared in seven games (5 1-3 innings), allowing one run while posting a 5/4 K/BB ratio.
Beerleaguer: Let's take this opportunity to revisit Ryan Madson's blown save. So what is that 87-mph pitch he throws anyway? Does it have a name? Several followers have suggested the following: Meatball Marinara, the Hitmaker, the Blown Save, the April Shower. Lidge will likely assume the closer role, which means that Madson and his Hot Mess pitch will be pushed back into the eighth - making middle relief deeper and better, all joking aside. But as I've said many times, anything the Phils get from Lidge will be a bonus in my book.
Bastardo had pitched sparingly and needs to keep pitching. Bear in mind he has pitched just 248 total career innings. Look for option-burdened Kyle Kendrick to get shipped out after his start tomorrow when Joe Blanton comes off the DL.Minor transactions: The Phillies have signed right-hander Austin Hinkle, who pitched last season with Class-A Charlotte (Rays) and left-hander Kyle Carr, who resided in the lower links of the Minnesota chain. Note: Be sure to use the handy transaction links recently added to the left sidebar.