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Brad Lidge Activated By Phillies; Danys Baez Designated For Assignment

Brad Lidge started spring training with a strained biceps tendon, and he ended it with a partially torn rotator cuff. That's a kind of progress, I guess. But while rotator-cuff tears are usually season-ending things, Lidge rehabbed without surgery, and now he's finally off the disabled list. From Jerry Crasnick:

Phillies activate Brad Lidge from disabled list. Designate Danys Baez for assignment.

Seeing as Lidge gave Phillies fans heart palpitations when he wasn't just coming off the disabled list, don't expect him to jump right back into the closer's role right away. Antonio Bastardo is pitching magnificently this year, and even though the Phillies aren't sure that Ryan Madson has that certain je ne sais close that it takes to get saves, he'll probably be ahead of Lidge on the depth chart as well.

To make room for Lidge the Phillies designated Danys Baez for assignment. His tenure with the Phillies was less than memorable. From Jayson Stark

Danys Baez finishes his #Phillies career w/ 5.81 ERA - 4th highest in team history by a pitcher who went to the mound at least 80 times.

I stand corrected: That's actually quite memorable.