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 :-).



  1. devilabrit

    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

  2. crzblue2

    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.

  3. diamonddiva

    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

  5. iliveforthis

    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.

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