By Justin Adkins:
Phillies closer Brad Lidge was supposed to travel to Kissimmee for today’s game against the Astros, but instead was held back in Clearwater due to a case of biceps soreness.
“We just wanted to back him off for a couple days,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.
The 34 year-old didn’t pitch all weekend and as of now he is next expected to throw in a “B” game on Thursday. His 9.00 spring ERA over five games is not exactly spectacular but could be simple rust rather than an injury effect.
Either way, Lidge joins the growing list of injury concerns this spring though this seems more minor than Dom Brown’s broken hand or Chase Utley’s case of old-man’s knee.
Still, Lidge has shown to be increasingly brittle these past couple seasons, and at this point is exiting his prime. Ryan Madson is on record as saying he sees himself as a future closer, and with Lidge in the last year of his Phillies contract, that future could be sooner than we think.