Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has a sore arm that will keep him off the mound for a few days.
Lidge was supposed to pitch Monday against the Houston Astros, but did not make the trip to Kissimmee, Fla., 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.
General manager Ruben Amaro said Lidge had “muscle soreness” and would be pushed back a few days.
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.”
Dubee said Lidge’s arm strength isn’t where it needs to be, but added that nobody is at this time of year.
YANKS PITCHERS HURT
Yankees pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre will be sidelined for a few days because of muscle soreness on the left side of their upper bodies.
New York manager Joe Girardi said both could pitch again later this week.
Mitre was scratched from his scheduled start against Boston in Fort Myers. He first felt the soreness on Sunday. It is in a different spot than a strained left oblique that sidelined Mitre for 32 games last season.
Mitre hopes to pitch on Thursday. Girardi didn’t rule out Chamberlain pitching Wednesday or Thursday.
HANIGAN SIGNS DEAL
The Cincinnati Reds and catcher Ryan Hanigan have agreed to a $4 million, three-year contract.
Originally signed out of a tryout camp, Hanigan hit .300 with five homers and 40 RBI in 203 at-bats last season.
The 30-year-old would have been eligible for arbitration next winter. He now will be eligible for arbitration after the 2013 season.
Athletics All-Star closer Andrew Bailey is scheduled to be evaluated today by elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star, left a spring training game Monday against the Cleveland Indians with elbow discomfort in his pitching arm after facing only three batters. Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was scratched from his scheduled start against the Orioles after being diagnosed with mild tendinitis in his right shoulder.Astros manager Brad Mills said the Astros would shut Rodriguez down “for a few days.”