According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies closer Brad Lidge will throw off the mound Monday for the first time since his offseason elbow and knee surgeries, a few days ahead of schedule. Lidge had said his first work off a mound would be in the middle of the week.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee told the paper the plan is for Lidge to throw 20 to 25 fastballs. "He’s done a little movement stuff," Dubee said. "He’s doing fine. We hope to have him on the mound (Monday)."
Left-handed setup reliever J.C. Romero, meanwhile, is behind Lidge in his recovery from elbow surgery, but apparently not far.