Lidge Sore, Will Miss a Few Days

Phillies closer held out with sore arm

Monday, Mar 14, 2011  |  Updated 5:30 PM EDT
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The lights were turned out -- temporarily -- on Phillies closer Brad Lidge Monday.

Lidge has a sore arm that will keep him off the mound for a few days.

Lidge was supposed to pitch Monday against his former team, the Astros, but did not make the trip to Kissimmee because of tendinitis in his right biceps. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said that while Lidge typically has soreness during the spring, Phillies management would err on the side of caution.

The righty had “muscle soreness” and would be pushed back a couple of days, General manager Ruben Amaro said.

Lidge has made five one-inning Grapefruit League appearances this spring, giving up five runs for a 9.00 ERA.

Dubee said the injury doesn't necessarily throw Lidge off track, because the right-hander has “already got more innings than he usually has in the spring.”

Lidge's arm strength isn't where it needs to be, according to Dubee. But the pitching coach added that nobody's is this time of year.


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