Lidge will 'absolutely' pitch tomorrow and avoid DL; Hamels bullpen scratched

Apologize in advance for the brevity of this post. I have to run across the parking lot to do Daily News Live, but wanted to get a couple tidbits up first. I took a rash of crap for the suit I am wearing today from a rash of people, including but not limited to Phillies PR man John Brazer, every beat writer, and Jayson Werth. Makes me think I dress like a hobo every other day.

Anyway. . .

It's good news/bad news, at least from the Phillies perspective.

The bad news - Cole Hamels did not throw a bullpen session today as was schedule. He long tossed but apparently was not ready to throw off the mound. Manager Charlie Manuel did not get into details, but said the Phillies will have a better idea whether he will make his next start after tomorrow. If Hamels does not throw tomorrow, or still has pain in his drive leg while throwing, there's a good chance he will not start on Monday or Tuesday. Manuel said the Phillies are leaning toward Tuesday regardless, which would put Brett Myers on the mound in St. Louis Monday. We will see tomorrow, though.

The good news is that Brad Lidge threw a lengthy bullpen session and labeled himself ready to go afterwards. Lidge still has pain in his knee when he drops too low on his backside during the stretch, but Lidge said it will be a good reminder of when his mechanics are off. He said he will not have to take a trip to the DL. While he likely won't be able to throw tonight, Lidge said he "absolutely" will be ready to go tomorrow.

Another quick note: Carlos Ruiz could be activated tomorrow, assuming he has no set-backs in his final rehab appearance tonight.