Here is a full report on Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who had an important day for double-A Reading, courtesy of The Inquirer's Chris Melchiorre:
READING — After months of rehab following two off-season surgeries, Brad Lidge seemed relieved Tuesday as he sat in front of reporters and declared himself ready to pitch for the Phillies.
“After tonight, I feel ready,” Lidge said after a two-inning rehab outing for the double-A Reading Phillies. “Being able to use all my pitches effectively, and being where I want to be both velocity-wise and command-wise, I feel like I’m pretty much ready to go. Everything felt really good.”
In two innings, the 33-year-old closer threw 35 pitches, 23 for strikes. Lidge notched four strikeouts, all on off-speed pitches, and hit 89 m.p.h. on the FirstEnergy Stadium radar gun, although Lidge said that the Reading Phillies’ coaching staff had him clocked as high as 93.