Nationals’ Brad Lidge to have surgery to repair hernia

Nationals reliever Brad Lidge will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair a hernia, his agent Rex Gary said. Lidge, who visited a specialist Monday in Philadelphia and decided on the surgery, should be able to begin throwing again in three weeks.


After surgery to repair a hernia, Brad Lidge should be able to resume throwing in three weeks. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lidge, a veteran with 225 career saves, signed a one-year contract with the Nationals for $1 million plus incentives in late January. He expected to set up, but became a closer when Storen underwent surgery in early April to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

The Nationals called up Ryan Perry to replace Lidge in the bullpen.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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