Todd Zolecki reports Brad Lidge has been placed on the DL, retroactive to March 21. He could return as early as April 5.
Despite what Lidge says, he’s not quite ready to start Opening Day. That could be true. What could also be true is the Phils don’t know who to cut and who to keep on the Opening Day roster between Travis Blackley, Clay Condrey and Vic Darensbourg. Putting Lidge on the DL keeps a 25-man roster spot open for the first week of the season. Possibly, Condrey and Blackley get another week to prove themselves worthy of hanging on.
Tom Gordon will take over as closer to start 2008, which isn’t the novel idea, but judging by his strong performance in Dunedin yesterday, it’s not a completely lost cause. He just needs to keep the ball down.