Phillies activate closer Brad Lidge

April 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, April 5 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies Saturday activated closer Brad Lidge from the 15-day disabled list.

Lidge, 31, went to the DL March 24 to continue recovering from right knee surgery performed Feb. 25.

The move was retroactive to March 21, but it was decided that Lidge was not ready to return at that time.

"Physically, I feel fine," he told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think facing some major-league hitters will bump up my velocity a little bit more to where I'd like to be."

Lidge and infielder Eric Bruntlett were acquired from Houston last November for center-fielder Michael Bourn, relief pitcher Geoff Geary and third baseman Mike Costanzo.

This week, Lidge threw his fastball more the 90 miles an hour during a session in Clearwater, Fla.

In six season with the Astros, he compiled 123 saves and a 3.30 ERA.

In 2004, he joined Eric Gagne to become the only relievers with three straight 100-strikeout seasons.

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