Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News…

Following in the footsteps (gurney tracks?) of Raul Ibanez and Scott Eyre, Brad Lidge became the third Phillie to have surgery this week. In addition to repairing his flexor pronator tendon, he also had a loose body removed from his right (pitching) elbow.

loose woman elbow.jpg

Oh, wait, wrong kind of body. Apparently “loose bodies” look a bit more like this:

loose body.jpg

A little piece of bone which has broken off and is now floating around inside the elbow joint, wreaking havoc and causing pain.

Given all this carnage that was going on inside his elbow, is it any wonder that Lidge’s season was a total suck-fest? Of course, many pitchers continue to pitch through injuries, so it’s hard to say with certainty that this was the sole cause of his problems this year.

According to, he should be ready to begin throwing in about eight weeks. Though he may be a bit behind in Spring Training, the Phillies are optimistic that he will be ready to pitch by Opening Day. Let’s just hope that he returns to 2008 form, and does not have a repeat of 2009.

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Speaking of Spring Training…

I don’t know about the rest of you, but ever since I discovered the Phillies had posted their tentative Spring Training schedule online, I have found myself sitting and staring at it several times a day. Just…staring…at…it.

(Well, I’m sure those of you who are fans of other teams are staring at your own team’s schedule, not the Phillies’)

Will 2010 bring a return trip to Clearwater for me and the hubby? Hold on while I go plant a crop of money trees in my backyard :-).


It seems as though the offseason is longer than the regular season sometimes!! Hope the Phillies will get into form next season and ready to help deny the Yankees of #28… That’s my goal and I’m sticking with it!!

Yeah, I keep looking at the schedule too and it is making me sad :O( Doesn’t look like I will have an time to take off from work…was hoping Spring Break would coincided, but no such luck. Plus, the money tree would be helpful too ;o)


Kind weird that Lidge admits the injury now. The year long struggles may have played a part with the injury

kinda ironic Lidge just admits the injury now. Maybe that had something to do with his year long hours?

Money trees… forgot to plant mine in the summer, think it’s to late now…. stormy weathers brought the last one down…. would love to go to Florida with my golf clubs at signs of first snow and stay through spring training… but alas (just checked again) the money tree fell over and has wilted to nothing more than mulch….
Outside the Phillies Looking In

Hi, hope you see this:
You asked where I got the info about Brad Lidge having both elbow and hip surgery. I saw it several places, but one of them was on MLB news.
If you google Lidge hip surgery, you’ll see it on several news services.

Sue, if you go to Clearwater in March let me know. I have a speaking gig in FL in mid-March and am planning to see the Yankees in Tampa after that. So maybe there’s a meetup in our future?

Sometimes a player has to decide whether playing through injury is better for his team, or letting his teammates take over when he cannot produce.

I am counting the days till pitchers and catchers report. i am looking forward to returning to Arizona, minus the tickets I got there last year. This time I ethier fly or watch my speed v e r y c a r e f u l l y. No money tree here but I am building up a few hotel points with this trip I made to N.H.

Sue, LOL @ the “loose bodies”! I wish everyone a quick and complete recovery from their various surgeries. And I, too, am looking forward to the start of spring training, although I won’t be making the trip down to Florida unless I win the lottery. I’m definitely going through baseball withdrawl…and the start of spring training will mean that the 2010 baseball season is just around the corner!

Money trees? Where can I get them? Will they grow in New England? Please send me some saplings….

Seriously, I’m getting caught up on your blog here and I’m enjoying your random thoughts.
-Phils phan in MA

Oh man, that piece of bone floating around in the elbow… blehhhh, that is totally gross looking. I’m sorry that your computer has a virus, that is most unfortunate, I hope it is not swine flu. I also find myself staring at the Rockies spring training schedule, dreaming about the possibility that this might be my first spring training, ya know, if I can get a job and then get the time off. But I’m with ya here, Sue.

April! We need April!


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