Lidge declares himself ready to pitch
Closer says right shoulder feels good after playing catch
LOS ANGELES -- Brad Lidge played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium and proclaimed himself ready for closing duties.Two days of being unavailable due to right shoulder tendinitis was enough for Lidge. "I felt good," Lidge said. "It's up to them. If they don't call down, they don't call down, but I'm ready." Lidge wasn't used in save situations Saturday and Sunday and needed 24 pitches to get one out on Friday. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning on Sunday, and Chad Durbin worked 2 1/3 total innings on Friday and Saturday. Lidge said before playing catch that his shoulder was still bothering him a "little bit," and joked that he would "double up" on pain killers, if necessary. Manager Charlie Manuel maintains that Lidge's tendinitis began in the All-Star Game, when he was warmed up six times before pitching the 15th inning. "Put it this way," Lidge said. "Before the All-Star Game, it was feeling like I had a tiny bit of tendinitis. If I would've just thrown regular at the All-Star Game, like a normal up-and-in inning, it probably would have gone away, because I had the other three days off over the break. I don't want to say the All-Star Game caused it to be bad, but obviously it didn't help." In other pitching news, Rudy Seanez worked a perfect ninth for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the first game of a rehab assignment for an inflamed right shoulder. He struck out one in relief of Kris Benson, who allowed three earned runs on nine hits in seven innings. Seanez said last week that he expects to be ready when he's eligible to be activated on Saturday.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.