Lidge To DL, Bako Up

The Philadelphia Phillies placed closer Brad Lidge on the 15 day disabled list this afternoon with a sprained right knee.

Lidge missed some time in late April, early May with inflammation, but received cortisone shots. Lidge also missed the beginning of the 2008 season after surgery to the same knee.

Lidge said he was healthy, or at least healthy enough to the point where he could pitch without pain or "effecting his pitching performance". However, Lidge is 0-3 with a 7.27 ERA, the fifth worst ERA in baseball among relievers. He has blown 6 saves this season, including two in a row.

The move isn't too surprising with his recent injuries, but it could also be a combination of injury and performance. The Phillies might think some time off can help his mental state of the game.

Catcher Paul Bako was called up. Bako, 36, was batting .357 with 10 RBI with Double-A Reading and is expected to be in uniform tonight against the New York Mets.

In 11 major league seasons, Bako is a career .231 hitter.

UPDATE (10:45 PM): MRI revealed inflammation, but no structural damage and that his knee has improved since last MRI. Lidge received a cortisone shot and will begin rehab tomorrow.


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