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Brad Lidge to Start Year on DL; Should Phillies Fans Be Worried?

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jenn ZambriCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2011

With pain in his right shoulder, closer Brad Lidge will start the 2011 season on the disabled list.  With Lidge's long history of injuries, this new issue should be a huge red light to the Phillies that Lidge's time is close to being over.

Lidge was especially concerned with this new injury saying, "I haven't had shoulder problems in the past."  Although, Lidge has had surgery on both knees multiple times, elbow surgery, an oblique strain, a strained intercostal muscle and bicep tendinitis, just to name a few.

Still, Lidge entered spring training boasting that he was healthy and felt great.  Exactly when that may have changed is hard to tell.  Lidge is an eternal optimist so what he says should maybe be taken with a grain of salt.

In fact, here is a little help for those who cannot always decipher what Lidge is talking about.

The Brad Lidge Translator

Lidge Says:        I feel great.

Lidge Means:     The pain is unbearable!

 

Lidge Says:        I am not concerned.

Lidge Means:     I am totally freaking out here!

 

Lidge Says:        No need to panic.

Lidge Means:     Red alert, red alert...PANIC!!!

 

Lidge Says:        It is a setback.

Lidge Means:     This is the END of my career!

 

Lidge Says:       This is disappointing.

Lidge Means:     I am going to crawl into a hole with a vat of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and eat and cry until I vomit.

 

With Lidge out of the picture, closing duties will fall either to Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras.  While it is good to know the Phillies have options, this does create major issues in the bullpen.  The Phillies failed to re-sign Chad Durbin, which may come back to haunt them as they now have to rely on less experienced arms in the middle innings.

The Lidge injury is magnified when you think about the loss of Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and questions still lingering about Placido Polanco's elbow.

So, should Phillies fans be worried?  The short answer is, not yet.

The team seems to have back-up for Utley.  Luis Castillo finally got a hit today and also walked twice while showing solid defense in the field.  Wilson Valdez continues to impress as well.

As for Brown, Ben Francisco is doing well in what may have been Brown's spot in the outfield.  John Mayberry Jr. is also capable and the two may wind up rotating in right field.

Another good sign is that Polanco did play today in the 3-1 victory over the Braves.  Polly looked a bit tentative and was sore after the game, but he expects to play again on Sunday.  Or perhaps, much like Lidge, I am being a tad too optimistic about all this?  I hope not.

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