Brad Lidge Tasered after jogging onto field in 9th inning
Updated: May 4, 2010

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A police officer used a Taser gun to apprehend Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge after he jogged onto the field in the ninth inning in an apparent attempt to participate in Monday night’s game.

Lidge, wearing a white pinstriped jersey and a red cap, opened the gate to the bullpen and proceeded to jog toward the pitching mound, eluding two security officers in the top of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. One officer used a Taser and Lidge went down in a heap. Several Phillies placed gloves over their faces and appeared to be stifling laughter at the wild scene.

“This is the first time that a Taser gun has been used to apprehend Brad Lidge for entering the field of play,” a Phillies spokesman said in a statement. “The Phillies are currently discussing whether this was an appropriate use of force to keep Lidge from coming onto the field.”

The Phillies dealt with 67 separate instances of Lidge entering the field late in games last season and hope that the use of a Taser will cut down on similar outbursts in the future.

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