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Phillies activate Brad Lidge from DL, drop Danys Baez


Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel hugs Brad Lidge (54) after the ninth inning in Game 5 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Phillies won the game 5-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Kevork Djansezian

As expected, the Phillies have activated Brad Lidge from the disabled list after the former closer missed the first 97 games of the season with shoulder and elbow problems.

To make room on the roster and in the bullpen for Lidge they designated Danys Baez for assignment, which is a move that’s been a long time coming.

Baez signed a two-year, $5.25 million deal with the Phillies in January of 2010 and has given them 84 innings of 5.81 ERA pitching for that money.

He provided some rare value by throwing five scoreless innings in a marathon win over the Reds on May 25, but in the two months since then Baez has logged a grand total of just 12 innings ... and has allowed 17 runs.

Charlie Manuel will probably work Lidge back into the bullpen mix somewhat slowly, which is a luxury made possible by Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo, but if he looks good in his first few appearances the Phillies may decide they don’t need any further relief help at the trade deadline.