Lidge's struggles among 'pen's issues

Lidge's struggles among 'pen's issues

CHICAGO -- The Phillies have a few bullpen issues to figure out before October.

The most recent question is how will Jamie Moyer fit? Another is will Brad Lidge get on track? And when will Brett Myers, J.C. Romero and Clay Condrey be back?

"It's his consistency," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said about Lidge, who blew his Major League-leading seventh save Tuesday. "That's what I see."

Dubee said in May that he thought Lidge's problems stemmed from a lack of conviction behind the pitches he threw.

In other words, confidence.

Dubee said he doesn't know if that's the case today.

"He's missing at times," Dubee said of Lidge's location. "A leadoff walk puts you behind the eight-ball."

Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Myers, who is recovering from surgery on his right hip, threw two innings in a simulated game Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla. He also has been running without any problems.

Condrey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, is scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday. Romero, who has tendinitis in his left forearm, will not begin throwing for a few more days.

Those pitchers might not be back until the team expands its roster Sept. 1.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.