A few days ago, Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge developed some shoulder pain that promised to have him begin the 2011 regular season on the disabled list. Lidge was scheduled for a Tuesday MRI to look for any structural damage, and now we've got a timetable. From Todd Zolecki:
More from the ballpark: Lidge expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks.
Ryan Lawrence quotes general manager Ruben Amaro as saying that Lidge has a posterior rotator cuff strain. It's a bad break for the Phillies, but it could be an awful lot worse, as shoulder injuries can end seasons. Lidge is not going to need to undergo surgery.
Charlie Manuel is still deciding who will assume Lidge's role as closer in his absence. Again, from Zolecki, Manuel says he's leaning towards Jose Contreras over Ryan Madson, which wouldn't come as a surprise, but there's always the chance that he changes his mind before he finds himself staring at a save situation.