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Lidge to pitch 8th in rehab stint

Trying to simulate more usual game conditions, Phillies reliever Brad Lidge is scheduled to pitch the eighth inning tonight for the Class A Clearwater Threshers against the Tampa Yankees.

Lidge is making his second rehab appearance. He started Saturday night for Double A Reading and threw a 15-pitch first inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts and no walks. He said his velocity reached 93 mph and would get higher once big-league aderenaline kicks in.

Former first-round Joe Savery then went five scoreless innings behind Lidge to improve to 8-1.

Lidge, on the disabled list since June 7 with knee inflammation, also could pitch for the Threshers on Thursday night, pending tonight's outcome. He is eligible to come off the disabled list today.


The Phillies also officially announced that reliever Clay Condrey is headed to the disabled list with a left oblique strain and that Sergio Escalona has bee recalled from Triple A Lehigh Valley.