Chase Utley's hurt. Domonic Brown's hurt. Placido Polanco's been hurt. The Phillies aren't having the easiest time of it this spring, and to make matters even worse, now Brad Lidge is going to begin the regular season on the disabled list due to shoulder pain.
The Phillies are currently unsure as to the nature of the problem, but they know that Lidge won't be available next week, so he's off to the DL. The team is still deciding whether Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras will assume closing responsibilities for as long as Lidge is out.
Lidge had been struggling this spring, and he'd previously been diagnosed with a sore right biceps tendon. It isn't known whether that discomfort is tied to this discomfort, but Lidge does have something of an injury history so to see something come up is hardly a surprise. The Phillies will cross their fingers and hope that nothing major is wrong, as Lidge is to be a key part of their plan going forward.