DENVER - The stiffness in Brad Lidge's right elbow has become enough of a concern that the Phillies decided to send their closer back to Philadelphia for an examination on Thursday.
Lidge will not be placed on the disabled list yet, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday. He will be seen by team physician Michael Ciccotti in Philadelphia.
"We just want to make sure what's causing it," Proefrock said.
The latest development is a discouraging one for Lidge, who had off-season surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies. He had a cortisone shot in the elbow on March 30 and was activated from the disabled list on April 30.