Recently-Activated Lidge Batting Elbow Stiffness

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MRI Reveals That Brad Lidge's Elbow Is Doing All Right

There was some degree of concern when Brad Lidge was sent home to have his sore elbow examined, but fortunately we can put that all to bed:

MRI reveals no structural damage to Brad Lidge's right elbow. Surgery is healing properly, the Phillies say. He is day to day.

With Ryan Madson out, the Phillies could ill afford to have Lidge miss more time. Now it would appear that they won't have to worry about that. At least not now.

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Brad Lidge Sent Home To Have Elbow Examined

Brad Lidge came off the DL on April 30th and has made four appearances, including picking up his first save on May 9th. He's recently been unavailable due to some stiffness in his elbow, however, and now he's headed back to Philadelphia for tests:

Brad Lidge has been sent back to Philly for an examination on his sore right elbow.

Whether this is something new or just standard stiffness related to last year's surgery, we don't yet know. What matters, though, is that with Ryan Madson already out, the Phillies' bullpen can use all the help it can get, so the hope is that this is but a minor speed bump in Lidge's recovery.

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Phillies To Activate Closer Lidge

The Phillies are activating their closer in preparation for an important three-game series versus division-rival Mets this weekend:

Brad Lidge will be activated prior to the team's series opener against the Mets, which begins a 10-game homestand. To make room on the roster, the Phillies optioned lefty Antonio Bastardo to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.

The menacingly-named Bastardo will likely return to the minors as a starting pitcher, a role he struggled to fill in the majors last season, after Brett Myers hit the DL. He filled-in admirably during his five relief innings this April, with a 1.69 ERA. 

Lidge's replacement as the closer, Ryan Madson, has pitched better than his 7.00 ERA, but has converted just four of six save opportunities. Despite being a consistently-excellent reliever throughout his career, Madson has mostly struggled in the closer's role, which could potentially accelerate Lidge's reassuming of job. Manager Charlie Manuel remained noncommittal on whether Lidge would close right away. 

Lidge is coming off a disastrous and injury-plagued 2009 campaign, in which he posted a 7.21 ERA and converted just 31 of 42 save opportunities. He last pitched against big-league hitters in Game 4 of the World Series, when he allowed 3 runs, en route to a Yankee victory. 

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