Phillies hoping to get Brad Lidge going soon

Although Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge has struggled all season long, including a disastrous ninth inning in Game 4 of the just-completed World Series, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says the team will remain patient with Lidge. "We know this guy's track record," said Manuel. "Just because the season is over, it's no time to panic. Brad will work his way through this. The consequences are too great for him not to." The Phillies say they are willing to wait it out. "We trust Brad," said team leader Jimmy Rollins. "If he sabotages our 2009 season, 2010 season, 2011 season and even beyond, that's okay. He had a good season in 2008 and the rest of us must respect that and be loyal to him regardless of his performance. Doing anything else would be crazy."


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