Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge(notes) blew saves in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, and today he hit the DL with a right knee sprain. Ryan Madson(notes) is the appropriate add. The right-hander has been excellent all year (2.22 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 2 SV) and he hasn't allowed an earned run in any of his last 12 appearances, dating back to May 16.
We just discussed the Lidge situation on Monday, noting that "only a DL visit can remove him from the closer's role, apparently." And now it has. More details later, as the Phillies decide how to spin this thing.
For now, get Madson if you can.
Update, 4:00 pm: Here's a nice quick review via Todd Zolecki, the Phils' beat writer for MLB.com. This is the interesting piece:
I'm guessing the DL is a combination of his performance and his knee. Maybe it was his knee all along. Chase Utley(notes) maintained last season his hip was fine, and he had hip surgery in November. So if Lidge played the good teammate and pitched through pain, he isn't the first.
This doesn't feel quite like the BJ Ryan(notes) and Scott Kazmir(notes) DL moves, which were almost entirely about performance. Lidge has knee issues in his recent past, and he's been fielding questions about his health all year. Madson was likely rostered weeks ago by Lidge owners who'd seen enough.
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