Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been working his way back from a partially torn rotator cuff over the past couple months. Everything seemed to be going pretty well until recently, when he developed some soreness in his right elbow. Lidge was sent to Philadelphia to have his elbow examined, and a lot of people were holding their breath.
Fortunately, it's all good news. Matt Gelb:
Brad Lidge was examined by team physician Michael Ciccotti and no serious damage was found in his elbow. Lidge called it a normal "flare up" he's used to experiencing in spring training. So he was given a cortisone shot.
Just a little discomfort, that's all. You'd rather there be no discomfort than minor discomfort, but this shouldn't be a major setback, and the cortisone shot ought to help.
Lidge can no longer be considered ahead of schedule, but he's on track to return to the Phillies' bullpen sometime around the All-Star break. He won't slide right into the closer role -- especially if Ryan Madson keeps thriving -- but he'll be there as proven insurance.