CLEARWATER — Phillies closer Brad Lidge received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right elbow to "jump start" his preparation for the regular season.
The reliever had offseason elbow and right knee surgery and likely won't be ready to pitch until mid April at the earliest. He had the injection Tuesday after pitching in a minor-league game.
Team physician Michael Ciccotti said Wednesday that Lidge usually has soreness in his outer elbow early in spring training. He said this issue wasn't related to his surgery.
Lidge's fastball velocity, typically in the low to mid 90s during the regular season, hasn't reached 90 mph yet.
BLANTON HURT: RHP Joe Blanton tweaked his left oblique muscle while throwing in the bullpen, causing him to cut short his session. An exam is set for today to determine the severity.
FINAL TUNEUP: Ace RHP Roy Halladay was hit hard early then bounced back with four straight strikeouts against his former team in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Halladay allowed four runs and five hits in the first but retired the final seven he faced.
Jays: Rotation option out six weeks
DUNEDIN — Blue Jays LHP Marc Rzepczynski is expected to miss up to six weeks with a broken finger after he was hit in the hand by a line drive in Tuesday's game.
With two outs in the fifth inning against the Yankees, Rzepczynski was struck on the hand by Ramiro Pena’s sharp grounder. Rzepczynski did not think it was broken at the time, but X-rays revealed the fracture.
Rzepczynski, 24, entered camp as a favorite to win a rotation job but posted a 6.10 ERA this spring. He had a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season.
MOLINA GETS GIG: Jose Molina earned the backup catcher job behind John Buck when Raul Chavez was reassigned to minor-league camp.
Yanks: Hughes to stay with big-league club
TAMPA — RHP Phil Hughes' 2010 role was established last week when Joe Girardi named him the Yankees' fifth starter.
Where Hughes pitches the first part of 2010 was finally determined: He will remain on the active roster and start April 15 against the Angels.
"That's what I figured was going to happen," Hughes said. "Nothing unexpected."
Because of the number of off days early, Hughes won't be needed until the second week. One option was to send him to the minors to keep him fresh, but instead the Yankees will have him pitch extended spring games April 5 and 10 in Tampa.