NEW YORK — Brad Lidge has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with a strained right knee, retroactive to June 7 according to the Phillies. The team has selected the contract of newly acquired journeyman catcher Paul Bako to fill the space left by Lidge, who has six blown saves on the season and struggled mightily, blowing three saves already on the road trip.
The move does not exactly come as a surprise, Lidge who went 48-for-48 through last year’s championship run, has been awful this season. The knee has given Lidge trouble in the past as well– he had it operated on prior to the 2008 season, and has received cortisone shots on it. He and the Philles have both maintained through Lidge’s struggles that the knee was fine.
General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. spoke to reporters briefly. He would not answer questions on the time table of the injury but did say that Lidge is in Philadelphia to meet with team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. He also said that the team took the decision to send Lidge to the DL “out of his hands.”
But now, Lidge is out and Bako is in. The move to bring up the catcher is puzzling. So far there are two possible scenarios that I can come up with: he will free up backup catcher Chris Coste as the preferred right handed pinch-hitter or the Phillies are shopping Coste around.
We will have much more on this breaking story later as more information becomes available.
Yesterday we looked at Jimmy Rollins’ different spots in the batting order. Tonight, against New York Rollins will hit sixth again. Here is the complete lineup:
- Shane Victorino CF
- Chase Utley 2B
- Jayson Werth RF
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Pedro Feliz 3B
- Carlos Ruiz C
- J.A. Happ LHP