On Brad Lidge

Brad Lidge may return in June or July. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)

ATLANTA -- So there appears to be a hubbub about Brad Lidge being out until the All-Star Break because of two national outlets reporting the story Thursday.


"Best case is between 3-6 weeks to not throw at all," Lidge said. "Then you've got to build up just as much on the other side, however long it takes. I'm thinking in my mind I've got to be back for the second half and have a real good second half, make sure I'm stronger than before. Not just where I was, but stronger. It's a partial tear of the rotator cuff. If it was in the labrum, that's game over, out for the season."

Lidge said those words March 29.

Nothing has changed since then. As originally written in The Inquirer on March 30 by Ray Parrillo, Lidge is shut down for the first three to six weeks. Then, he will begin a throwing program that could take who-knows-how-long to return from.

The best guess is late June, early July.

Here is what Ray wrote on March 30:

Typically, the words come easily to Brad Lidge, the chatty and accommodating Phillies closer.

But when Lidge discussed the shoulder injury that will shut him down for the first three to six weeks of the season, the words came anything but easily.

An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed a small tear in the posterior rotator cuff of Lidge's right shoulder, meaning the righthander will begin the season on the disabled list for the third time in the four seasons he has been with the Phillies. But this is the first time he has been out with a significant shoulder injury.

When three weeks from the original injury date hit, then there will be something new to write -- Will Lidge be closer to the three- or six-week timeframe in which he picks up a baseball?

For now, that's that.


It's opening night at Turner Field. There are stadium workers practicing the unfurling of a giant American flag right now. Joe Blanton is running around the warning track.

The lineups:

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Cliff Lee 1

1. Martin Prado 7
2. Nate McLouth 8
3. Chipper Jones 5
4. Brian McCann 2
5. Dan Uggla 4
6. Jason Heyward 9
7. Alex Gonzalez 6
8. Freddie Freeman 3
9. Tim Hudson 1

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