Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Brad Lidge sidelined for a few days?

Philadelphia Phillies closer has some inflammation in his right knee, on which he had surgery before the start of last season.

He will rest it for a few days and hope to avoid a stint on the disabled list.
"We're trying to get rid of it as fast as possible," Lidge said Monday night. "It's frustrating, but I missed a few games last year at the start of the season, and when I came back I felt great. If I have to do the same thing this year, miss a couple of games, that's OK."
While he says an MRI shows there is no structural damage, he has felt discomfort since the Colorado series (April 10-12).

Lidge has four saves, one blown save and an ERA of 7.27 in his nine appearances this season.

Hanley Ramirez hit on wrist, won't play Tuesday

Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez left last night's game against the New York Mets in the first inning when John Maine hit him in the wrist with a pitch.

MRI results show that Ramirez doesn't have any broken bones.

However, he won't play Tuesday night and there's a good chance that he won't play Wednesday night either.

Ramirez says he's seeing more inside pitches "know what's going to happen if I throw my hands out front."

On the season, Ramirez is hitting .292 with 2 HRs and 12 RBIs and took an eight-game hitting streak into last night's game.

Tulowitzki benched (again)

It's deja vu all over again for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Last April, Tulowitzki only hit .152 with 17 strikeouts in 105 at bats.

Not much difference a year makes. This April, Tulo is hitting .167 with 17 strikeouts in 54 at bats.

Last night, Tulowitzki was benched in favor of Clint Barmes.
"We're going to take it one day at a time. I've found out throughout my lifetime that's the best way to do things," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I really don't know what's going to happen. I know what has happened and I'm going to do everything I can to be the best coach and manager with him ... to get this thing straightened out."

"I listened to what the coaches had to say and hopefully I can make some adjustments to make me better," Tulowitzki said. "I think I'm seeing the ball good. It's not the best I could possibly see the ball, but I feel decent up there. I think I will see results soon."
In his rookie season, Tulowitzki hit .291, 24 homeruns and drove in 99 runs.