Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

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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.

Carlos Carrasco pitches during game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.