Phillies' Brad Lidge on DL

Jim McNultyCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

WASHINGTON - APRIL 13:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been placed on the 15-day DL.  According to philly.com, the move is retroactive to June 7.

Lidge had been having issues with a balky knee.

After a perfect 2008 season as postseason, Lidge has been anything but thus far in 2009.  He's blown six save opportunities, including two against the Dodgers this past weekend.

Look for Ryan Madson to set into the closer's role for the Phillies key matchup this week with the N.Y. Mets.

If not for the two blown saves this past weekend, the Phils would be riding a 10-game win streak into the Big Apple.  As it stands, the Figthin's are three-games up on the Mets going into this series.

It remains to be seen whether rest will allow Lidge to regain his previously dominant form; however, it will spare skipper Charlie Manuel the unpleasant task of demoting one of his World Series heroes—for now.