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.
The Nationals placed Lidge, 35, on the disabled list Saturday after he
felt a tear in his lower abdomen on Thursday while throwing a bullpen session. Lidge had been serving as a co-closer with Drew Storen out until midseason. The closing duties will now fall solely to flamethrower Henry Rodriguez, who blew a save on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
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.