With the Phillies holding a one-run lead against Florida on Tuesday night, Charlie Manuel stuck with his setup man, Ryan Madson, for the ninth inning even though the righthander had already pitched in the eighth.
That's because Phillies closer Brad Lidge wasn't available.
After the 8-7 victory over the Marlins, Manuel revealed that Lidge has had soreness in his right elbow, the same one that was surgically repaired in the off-season and has forced the closer to spend two stints on the disabled list in 2010.
Manuel said Lidge was not likely to be available until at least Friday. The Phillies are off Thursday.
"I'm always concerned," Manuel said. "It came up two days ago. He pitched and it's a little tender."
Lidge downplayed the injury.
"I'm not concerned," Lidge said. "I had a little hyperextension [on Saturday]. There's a little pain. I pitched through it [on Monday]. I'll definitely be back for sure on Friday."
In Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader, Lidge recorded his 21st save of the season. He allowed a hit but struck out two.
Lidge has a 3.38 ERA this season. Since blowing a save July 31 in Washington, the closer has allowed just one earned run in 161/3 innings.
"It is different from what I had before," Lidge said. "But instead of trying to throw through the pain and maybe make it worse, we decided I should take two nights off. It really is minor."
The fifth starter
For now, the Phillies are noncommittal on whether Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley will start when the fifth pitcher makes his next turn in the rotation Saturday at New York.
"We have time," pitching coach Rich Dubee said.
Dubee said he was impressed by Worley, who pitched five innings in Monday's first game. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five. Worley ran into a few jams and limited the damage in his first major-league start.
"I like the way he competed," Dubee said. "He worked with tempo and composure."
Meanwhile, Kendrick has struggled. In his last four starts combined, Kendrick has struck out five. In that span, he has a 7.84 ERA in 202/3 innings.
Granted, Kendrick is not a strikeout pitcher and relies on a great deal of luck since opponents normally put a lot of balls in play.
Dubee said the fact that Kendrick has made 79 career starts as opposed to Worley's one will not factor into the decision.
"We don't have reservations about anyone here," Dubee said. "That's why they're here. If we think they give us the best chance, we'll go with them."
About two hours before the first pitch, rookie Domonic Brown was scratched from the lineup with a strained right quadriceps. After an examination during Tuesday's game, Brown said doctors told him he was day-to-day.
Brown said he has felt the tightness for about a week. Sliding into home plate in the second inning of Monday's second game made things worse.
There was a little more pain today," Brown said. "I iced it down and went out there for early hitting and it didn't feel too good. So we didn't want to make it any worse."
He was honored Tuesday as the Paul Owens Award winner for best position player in the Phillies' minor-league system. Righthander Scott Mathieson won the award for pitchers. The two players will receive their awards during a pregame presentation Sept. 19, when the Phillies host Washington.
Coming off Monday's rehab appearance for triple-A Lehigh Valley, reliever Danys Baez (back spasms) said he would be ready to come off the disabled list Friday when eligible. . . . Rod Nichols, the pitching coach at Lehigh Valley, will join the Phillies on Wednesday as an additional coach for the remainder of the regular season. . . . Shane Victorino is the Phillies' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually by Major League Baseball as the highest community service honor.
Lidge's elbow is sore
Charlie Manuel held the Phillies' closer out of Tuesday's victory. D7.