Lidge Latest to Start Season on DL; Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras to Close

Lidge Latest to Start Season on DL; Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras to Close

Yesterday it was Ruben Amaro Jr. finally admitting that Chase Utley will start the season on the DL and today it's Brad Lidge informing the world that he'll be right there with his second baseman in the dugout due to shoulder issues.

Lidge had this to say, per Todd Zolecki at the Zo Zone:

"Opening Day I won't be ready, based on what they're telling me. Because  we're going to have to rest it for a while. It's kind of up to them how  long they want to rest it for. Then after that ... get it examined. Dr.  Ciccotti is going to look at it more tomorrow, determine to get a MRI or  not. Then after that we'll start picking it up based on what he says.  But right now that's kind of all I know. I'm still experiencing some  discomfort in there, so we're going to get more analysis."

Lidge also says he wishes there was no pain. We hear ya, Brad. We wish there was no pain in the world too.


Here's an interesting quote from Ruben noting that Madson has done nothing in the past to show the Phillies could rely on him as a closer. Quote via David Hale at Philled In:

Ruben, on whether the team views Madson as a potential closer…
“There’s nothing that Ryan’s done other than his ability – he may have  the ability to close as far as his stuff is concerned, but he has not  gotten to the point where he would be a guy that we could rely on yet  because he hasn’t proven that. Could he prove it at some point? Sure.  Could he be a closer at some point? Perhaps. But there’s nothing in his  career so far that has shown us that he’s ready to take that step  forward.”

Lack of confidence in Madson or some words to light a fire under his ass?

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.


They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: