CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The brisk rain that drenched the Carpenter Complex on Saturday morning wasn't the only thing to put a damper on Spring Training proceedings. The site of reliever Brad Lidge limping off Richie Ashburn Field at the Carpenter Complex provided the most pain. Lidge, the Phillies' key offseason pitching acquisition, caught his spike on the mound throwing live batting practice. Two pitches later, he stopped and met with manager Charlie Manuel, pitching coach Rich Dubee and athletic trainer Scott Sheridan on the mound.
"It was my push-off [right] leg," Lidge said. "I just caught the spike. I threw the pitch, but it felt like I pulled something in the knee. It didn't feel real good after that. Because of where we are in Spring Training, there's no reason for me to push it. It swelled up a little, but I'm optimistic I just pulled some scar tissue or something. We'll take a look at it [on Sunday] and be smart with it." Lidge said he's day-to-day. The Phillies will wait until they know more. Lidge was scheduled to have an MRI exam on Sunday. "It's pretty soon to know what's going on in there," Dubee said. "We'll know more [on Sunday]. He'll get looked at by our doctors in the morning, and we'll have a better idea where we're at and what we have to do." Lidge was already behind schedule after offseason surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. The righty has said he expects to be ready by Opening Day. "I'm sure this will set him back a little bit, but his arm's been feeling great and he feels like it's ahead of schedule [in that regard]," Dubee said. "We have a long way to go." Though it's way too early for concern, Spring Training hasn't been a good time for Phillies relievers. Last year, closer Tom Gordon had a delayed start to his spring, and he ended up flying to Philadelphia for an examination. Gordon eventually missed two months with right shoulder inflammation. This is a different year. "That was last year," Dubee said. "This year is '08."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.