Brad Lidge Could Return To Phillies On Friday

Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning today for Lakewood and could return to the bigs by Friday against the Padres.

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Brad Lidge Could Return To Phillies On Friday

According to the Daily News' David Murphy, Brad Lidge is looking to return to the Phillies' pen on Friday after pitching a shutout eighth inning in today's game with Lakewood.

Lidge has made eight rehab appearances, four with Reading and four with Lakewood. With Reading, he allowed two runs in 3.2 innings pitched. With Lakewood, he allowed one run with four strikeouts in four innings.

Lidge expressed confidence in a fastball that has lacked velocity throughout his rehab stint.

"One of the most important things for me is not just velocity, but the downward angle on the fastball and obviously command of it," he said. "If I've got those two things going and the velocity goes up even one mile an hour when I get back to Philadelphia, I'll be fine.''

The Phillies are set to face the San Diego Padres on Friday at Citizen's Bank Park.

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Phillies Send Placido Polanco To The DL, Activate Ryan Madson

It is good news/bad news on the Phillies injury front as the team announced today that they have placed all star third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15 day DL with a bulging disk in his lower back. However, they have activated closer Ryan Madson.

Polanco has clearly been suffering from the effects of the injury. As The Good Phight points out, Polly has hit .216/.276/.261 since May 1st. The move was made retroactive to July 5th, so he would be eligible to come off the DL in the middle of next week. Wilson Waldez will take over third base duties in his absence.

Meanwhile, Ryan Madson will resume his duties as closer. Antonio Bastardo, who did a fine job in his absence, will move back to the seventh or eighth inning. Elsewhere in the Phillies bullpen, Brad Lidge continues to rehab in the minors with mixed results. In his fifth rehab appearance with double A Reading last night, Lidge lasted just two thirds of an inning hitting two batters, walking another and throwing three wild pitches.

Lidge said after the game that his velocity was as good as it has been since the start of his rehab, "It was a step up for my velocity and a step back for my control. But, we've got some outings to work on that."

He says he hopes to rejoin the Phillies next friday.

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