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Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

New York Yankees v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 4

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.”

Lidge was also scheduled to pitch Thursday and for now at least that appearance hasn’t been canceled.