Elbow stiffness keeps Lidge out of ninth

Elbow stiffness keeps Lidge out of ninth

DENVER -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Monday night's 9-5 victory over the Rockies that he was ready to turn Brad Lidge loose.

He then said after the game he wanted to stay away from him.

What changed in a matter of hours? Something potentially troubling.

Lidge said that he felt some stiffness in his right elbow after picking up a save Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park which carried into Monday. So when the time came for the Phillies to pitch somebody in the ninth inning, they chose Jose Contreras.

Lidge said he threw before the game and still felt the discomfort.

"Today, it didn't feel great," Lidge said. "I'm not worried. It's some of the things hopefully we won't have to deal with for very long. Out of surgery, here and there, there might be something like that. I guess it's pretty normal. That's what they told me. Hopefully I'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Lidge had surgery on his right elbow in November following the World Series. He received a cortisone injection in the elbow in March and spent most of April rehabbing. He is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and one save in four appearances.