The Phillies have placed closer Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Lidge has pitched in 4 games for the Phillies this season and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The Phillies have recalled 24-year old lefty Antonio Bastardo to replace Lidge in the pen. Bastardo pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies earlier this season and he was 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. It appears as if 38-year old righty Jose Contreras will get a shot to close while Lidge is out of action. He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 0.68 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP. He has only given up 7 hits in 13 1/3 innings this season while whiffing 18 batters. Contreras certainly has the stuff to succeed as a closer if his head is up to it.