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PHILLIES NOT READY TO PULL THE PLUG ON REELING LIDGE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A day after pulling closer Brad Lidge in the ninth inning, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wouldn't commit to keeping him in that role.

"He might be right in there" Wednesday, Manuel said. "I'm not saying he's going to be, 100 percent. He might be and he might not."

Lidge converted all 48 save chances last year for the world champions. He has struggled this season, blowing 10 of 38 chances and posting a 7.11 ERA.

In other Phillies news, LH reliever Scott Eyre was sent back to Philadelphia to have his ailing elbow examined.

PEAVY THROWS: RHP Jake Peavy threw a bullpen session but is still unsure if he will start for the White Sox this season. Peavy, acquired at the trade deadline, has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right ankle.

LINCECUM BETTER: Ace RHP Tim Lincecum felt better after back spasms forced him to miss Tuesday's start. The team will wait to see how he feels today, manager Bruce Bochy said.

DOC TO RETURN:Dwight Gooden is joining the independent Newark Bears. The former Cy Young winner and Hillsborough High standout will be hired as senior vice president of the Atlantic League franchise today.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday left the game with a bruised left knee after he tumbled running out a grounder. Holliday said he'd play Friday.

DODGERS: LHP Randy Wolf will miss his next start Friday with elbow irritation.

ORIOLES: 2B Brian Roberts became the fourth player in history to have three seasons with at least 50 doubles. The others were Hall of Famers Tris Speaker, Paul Waner and Stan Musial.

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