Lidge placed on DL, will miss first four games of season

Temporarilly shelvedBrad Lidge said he was disappointed, but that he understood going on the disabled list was the best option for the Phillies as they prepare for the 2007 season. The club made the move this evening, placing Lidge on the DL retroactive to March 21, meaning he'll be eligible to pitch again on April 5. Just yesterday, Lidge said he didn't think he would need to start the season on the disabled list, but the Phillies have said all along that they would play it safe with their prized closer, whom they acquired in an offseason trade with the Houston Astros.

Lidge will miss three games against Washington (March 31, April 2-3) and one against Cincinnati (April 4) before becoming eligible to re-join the team for a game against the Reds April 5.

"It's not what I wanted -- I was trying to get ready as fast as possible," Lidge said. "In the end, unfortunately I think my arm strength is behind and I was trying to cram four weeks of spring training into little over a week."