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Charlie Manuel will have to shuffle the cards with bullpen absences
Clearwater- The saga of Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero is still rolling into April now that the season is only 8 more days away. There was a question mark on whether or not the duo would be on the team for the start of the season but now it appears certain that they won’t. Lidge’s absence will be felt more than Romero’s and it will be interesting to see if the job of closing will be Madson, Baez, or Contreras’s.
J.C. Romero has probably missed more time as a ‘regular’ Phillies player of anyone on the active roster in the past year, so his impact of not being there isn’t as severe as Lidge, even though Lidge turned in a subpar year last year.
The season will open without them, as the bullpen remains in my opinion, one of the biggest question marks of the 2010 Phillies team. It’s the Pirates today at Clearwater facing their cross-state rivals, The Phillies. Joe Blanton gets the ball for the Phils at 1:05 PM.