Phillies closer Brad Lidge likely will be out until around the All-Star break, manager Charlie Manuel said during an appearance Wednesday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.
"I'm probably looking at maybe All-Star break, or ... just before that," Manuel told the station.
Soon after the Phillies clubhouse opened to the media before Thursday's game against the Mets, Lidge confirmed the news.
"I don't know if it's anything new, but yeah, I agree with Charlie," Lidge said. "When I first got hurt, there was this three-to-six week talk before playing catch or throwing a ball. If nothing serious happens, and I'm hopeful it won't, I can see myself being back by the All-Star break. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing and I remain optimistic about this timetable."
The 34-year-old right-hander discovered last month he had a right posterior rotator cuff strain, causing him to begin the year on the disabled list for the second straight season.
"Let's put it this way," Lidge said. "I sure hope to be on the mound by the All-Star break. If I'm not, I'll be disappointed."
Until Lidge returns, Jose Contreras will remain the closer for Philadelphia.
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.