Lidge returns to Philly; Phils accused of stealing signs

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Brad LIdge has returned to Philadelphia to have his stiff right elbow examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti. (Ron Cortes /Staff Photographer)

DENVER -- Three pieces of news here this morning, the first regarding Brad Lidge, the second regarding Jimmy Rollins, and the third involving allegations of sign-stealing.

With regards to Lidge, the veteran closer has returned to Philadelphia to have his stiff right elbow examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

Lidge was clearly frustrated with his condition after a brief throwing session at Coors Field yesterday, but said earlier in the afternoon that he was not concerned about his elbow and that he thought it was a normal part of his recovery from offseason elbow surgery.

"We just thought, after thinking about it last night, the best thing to do would be to send him back and let the doctor look at it," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

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As for Rollins, the shortstop is scheduled to travel to an extended spring training game in Bradenton, Fla., where he will lead off as many innings as possible, but won't play in the field.

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And, lastly, the Phillies have responded mostly with laughter to allegations that they were using binoculars in the bullpen to steal signs against the Rockies on Monday night.

The Rockies filed a complaint with MLB after their television network picked up images of bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer using binoculars in the bullpen while the Phillies were batting.

"Absolutely no," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Absolutely not."

"We're aware of it and it has been addressed," Proefrock said. "It won't happen again, whatever it was."

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