By John Saban
After an already injury-plagued spring training, the Phillies lost another key component to their World Series run Friday, when news surfaced that closer Brad Lidge would start the 2011 season on the disabled list.
This spring, Lidge has suffered from bicep tendinitis on top of shoulder discomfort. The combination of both is the reason he will be on the DL.
He will get his shoulder looked at by team physician Michael Ciccotti on Saturday in Clearwater.
So far this spring he has struggled mightily compiling an 0-1 record with a 9.53 ERA in only six games. In those six games he has 5.2 innings pitched, and has surrendered two home runs and ten hits. Batters are hitting .370 off of the right-hander this spring.
Last season, in 50 appearances Lidge compiled 27 saves with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Lidge said Friday, ” I am a little concerned because I haven’t had shoulder problems in the past”.
The 34-year-old is hoping to be back by mid-April, but is still uncertain.
The Phillies have struggled this spring battling injuries, ”This is all part of the game, nobody wants any injuries, but we’ll deal with them”, said GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
This will be Lidge’s third trip to the DL in the last four seasons.
In Lidge’s absence Ryan Madson or veteran Jose Contreras are the two candidates for the closers job.