Sunday, February 24, 2008

Phils' Lidge to have surgery

Reliever Brad Lidge will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Phillies announced Sunday. Team Physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti will perform the surgery.

The surgery – a partial medial menisectomy – is an intra-articular surgical procedure of the knee by which all or part of the damaged meniscus is removed. The recovery time for this procedure is expected to be 3-to-6 weeks and Lidge could begin a rehabilitation program one week following the surgery.

Lidge, 31, was acquired by the Phillies last November in a trade with Houston. With the Astros last season, he went 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 19 saves in 66 games.

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