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03/15/11 10:02 AM ET

Lidge not worried about biceps tendinitis

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Closer Brad Lidge seemed to be in good spirits at Bright House Field on Tuesday morning.

If he is worried, he is not showing it.

Lidge is unable to pitch because of tendinitis in his right biceps, which explains why his velocity has been down this spring. He said Tuesday that he plans to play catch over the next couple of days before throwing a bullpen session Thursday.

If that goes well, he hopes to be pitching in a Grapefruit League game soon.

"Honestly, it's really not that big a thing, assuming everything goes the way it's supposed to go," Lidge said. "If it doesn't, then obviously it would be cause for concern. But right now, we're good. I have plenty of time to be ready for April 1."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.