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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-28

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-28
Moments earlier, Raul Ibanez's grand slam had given the Phillies a two-run lead, and now, as the ninth inning dawned, the bullpen door swung open and out stepped Ryan Madson.

Something was amiss.

The situation called for All-Star closer Brad Lidge, but the Phillies instead went with Madson, their hard-throwing setup man. And after Madson threw a scoreless ninth inning and saved a 13-11 victory over the Washington Nationals, manager Charlie Manuel admitted that Lidge has inflammation in his right knee. Lidge is listed as day-to-day.

Asked if Lidge will need to go on the disabled list, Manuel said, "We don't think so ... yet."

Lidge twice underwent surgery on his right knee before the 2008 season. On Oct. 1, 2007, he had torn cartilage repaired. But his knee flared in spring training, and on Feb. 25, 2008, he had his meniscus fixed. Lidge went on the disabled list and missed the season's first four games before going 41-for-41 in save opportunities.

This time, the discomfort was enough that Lidge got an MRI exam and received a cortisone shot last week. The MRI showed no structural damage to the knee, but there was swelling. Lidge said his knee bothers him when he pushes off the mound from the stretch position. He said he'd likely pitch through the pain if it was late in the season.

"I'm concerned on a small level because it's not feeling great, and I want to get back there as soon as possible," Lidge said. "But I think if we nip it in the bud right now, hopefully it will be something I won't have to worry about for the rest of the year."

Lidge, 32, had his streak of 47 consecutive regular-season saves snapped April 18 against the San Diego Padres. Saturday night, he loaded the bases before wiggling out of a jam in a 34-pitch ninth inning against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium.

"It is frustrating, but my thought on it is that I missed games at the start of last season and when I came back I felt great," said Lidge, 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in nine appearances. "If I have to do the same thing this year and miss a couple games to make sure I'm good for the rest of the season, that's OK."

PHILLIES 13, NATIONALS 11: Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez belted grand slams to lift the Phillies to a victory in a slugfest in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park. Howard's slam, the sixth of his career, brought the Phillies back from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth inning. They'd fallen behind 11-9 when Ibanez went deep with the bases loaded in the eighth. Nine of the Phillies' 10 wins have been come-from-behind victories. They have scored 55 of their 111 runs in the seventh inning or later. Slumping Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 and raised his average from .162 to .192. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley had two hits apiece. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save. The Nationals hit five home runs, including two by Ryan Zimmerman.

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