Here is the first new news of the day of Brad Lidge and Carlos Ruiz:
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lidge is not headed to the disabled list, at least not yet. “We’re not thinking DL yet,” Amaro said of his closer. “There may be a time when we’ll have to consider it.”
Lidge is suffering from inflammation in his right knee and was unavailable last night (Charlie Manuel did not say definitively whether the pitcher was available tonight, but it seems unlikely). Amaro said that the closer had a cortisone shot six days ago, but the issue resurfaced during Saturday’s game Florida. That night, Lidge loaded the bases in the tenth inning before earning the save.
Amaro attributed Lidge’s struggles this season ( a 7.27 earned run average, with the first blown save of his Phillies career) to the injury. “Any time you have an injury, it’s going to effect performance,” Amaro said.
Added Charlie Manuel: “I’m concerned.”
Amaro said that Ruiz (strained right oblique) felt pain during batting practice last night. “He’s feeling much better today,” the GM said. Ruiz played catch this evening at Citizens Bank Park and will hit tomorrow. No word yet on his timetable.
Here’s the Phils lineup tonight:
Here’s the Nats lineup:
John Lannan starts. Also scheduled to pitch: Paul McCarthy, Ringo Storr and George Morrison. I know. But I couldn’t help it.