Good Morning: Lidge having MRI, status TBD

How serious is Brad Lidge's knee injury?

We'll likely know later on today. 

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Lidge saved 19 games for the 'Stros last season

The closer will have an MRI this morning, one day after he pulled up lame on his first pitch of live batting practice. The 31-year-old righty had knee surgery over the offseason, but has said repeatedly that he should be ready to pitch by opening day.

Lidge limped off the field yesterday accompanied by Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan. He told reporters he did not think the re-aggravation was serious, and that he thought he might have broken some old scar tissue loose.

Phillies officials expect to know more about Lidge's condition later today.

The Phillies desperately need Lidge to be healthy this season. His arrival enabled Brett Myers, who saved 21 of 24 games last season, to return to the starting rotation. It also gave the team a potentially lethal 1-2 punch of Tom Gordon and Lidge in the bullpen.

An injury to Lidge would likely make Gordon the closer, but it would throw the team's set-up situation into flux.

Here is an earlier story we did on the pitcher, who went 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 19 saves last season before being traded to the Phillies in a five player trade that saw reliever Geoff Geary, center fielder Michael Bourn, and prospect Mike Costanzo depart.


Speaking of Bourn, the USA Today checked in on the former Phillies prospect in Houston, where he is expected to enter the season as the Astros' every-day center fielder.

It'll be interesting to see how Bourn does in his new role. He was a dangerous player as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement, but hasn't had a chance to play on an every-day basis. The Phillies were confident enough in Shane Victorino's ability to play center field that they were willing to depart with Bourn.