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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-02

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-02
As he walked across the outfield grass en route to the Phillies' dugout after his bullpen session Friday, Brad Lidge stopped to consult pitching coach Rich Dubee about his flawed delivery, not his balky right knee.

According to Lidge, that was a good sign.

Turns out, Lidge's knee problem is the result of improper mechanics, a conclusion he drew after throwing about 30 pitches in the bullpen a few hours before Friday night's game at Citizens Bank Park. And because mechanics can be corrected, the Phillies' closer said he "will be able to avoid the (disabled list)" and "absolutely" will be ready to pitch Saturday against the New York Mets.

"Definitely relieved," Lidge said. "Knowing it's not the amount of pitches, it was how I was throwing, that's definitely a relief."

Lidge, who has a 7.27 ERA in nine appearances, hasn't pitched since a 34-pitch save in Florida last Saturday night. His knee flared during the season's first weekend in Colorado, and April 20 he underwent an MRI exam that revealed no structural damage and got a cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation.

According to Lidge, the knee pain stems from a hitch in his delivery. When he pitches out of the stretch position, he said his back side has been dropping too low, and as a result, he puts too much pressure on his back (right) leg.

Lidge doesn't expect to have much trouble correcting the flaw. If anything, his knee will let him know whenever his mechanics get out of whack. It's Lidge's own version of shock treatment.

"It's a fairly self-correcting process," he said. "If I drop down too far on my back side, that's when it pinches and I'm going to feel it right away. So, that'll be a good reminder. There's nothing like a little pain to snap you back into good habits."

METS 7, PHILLIES 4: Chase Utley belted his team-leading eighth home run, but the Phillies fell in the opener of a three-game series against their archrival at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Chan Ho Park allowed seven runs on eight hits and six walks in only 4-2/3 innings, putting the Phillies in a 5-0 hole by the third inning. Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single. The Phillies team record of 12 consecutive errorless games came to an end with Utley's miscue in the seventh inning. Greg Dobbs' pinch-hit single in the sixth inning was his 38th as a Phillie, moving him into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time franchise list.

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