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Manuel: Lidge Needs A Mental Break

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel called on reliever Ryan Madson to save Sunday's 6-5 win over the Brewers.

After the game, Manuel said he felt as though closer Brad Lidge needed some time off.

"I think he will get back to where he was," Manuel said. "Right now, from a mental aspect, he needs a little break."

It wasn't spotless, but Madson earned the save and lowered Philadelphia's magic number to three to clinch the NL East Title.


Report: Gillick Could Return To Jays

USA Today's Bob Nightengale has heard whispers that Pat Gillick could return to the Blue Jays.

"The hottest rumor among baseball scouts is that Pat Gillick will be returning to Toronto to become president of the club, but not GM," Nightengale wrote on his Twitter page.

Gillick guided Toronto to a pair of World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 as general manager. He was also a part of Philadelphia's World Series victory last fall.

Via Twitter (Bob Nightengale)

Phillies Ready To Explore Closing Options

The Phillies are going to try some different options at closer in the season's final week.

Brad Lidge blew his 11th save on Wednesday night against the Marlins, as his ERA climbed to 7.48 just one season after he converted every save situation he entered.

"Our best [plan] is to have Lidge pitch the ninth," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Right now, he hasn't been doing that effectively. And we might have to make an adjustment off of that."

Manager Charlie Manuel said Friday that veteran righthander Brett Myers, who spent most of 2007 as the team's closer, would be his first option to fill in for Lidge.

Via Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies Could Put Happ In Bullpen

The Phillies could move rookie pitcher J.A. Happ to the bullpen for the postseason.

"There's a chance he could wind up in the back end of the bullpen if we don't get something straightened out," manager Charlie Manuel said Thursday night.

"Like if (J.C.) Romero don't come back or something. I'm not saying we're going to do that, but we're going to talk about it, if we don't have no lefty."

Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge has blown 11 saves this season and reliever Ryan Madson has been ineffective lately.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Phils Send Ruiz Home With Wrist Injury

The Phillies have sent catcher Carlos Ruiz back to Philadelphia to have his sprained left wrist examined.

Ruiz injured the wrist in a tag play against the Braves on Friday, and informed the team that it was still bothering him after he played in the second game of a double-header against the Marlins on Tuesday night.

"We don't think it's serious," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We just thought it made sense to be cautious and have him examined."


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