Right-hander Brad Lidge is headed to the disabled list with an abdominal wall strain. Reliever Ryan Perry has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Lidge’s spot in the Nationals’ bullpen.
It is unclear right now how and when Lidge first developed the injury, which a source said is akin to a sports hernia. The right-hander has said on several occasions early this season that he hasn’t felt like his stuff is where he needs or wants it to be. He’s had mixed results on the field, blowing two of the four save situations he’s been put in to.
The 35-year-old veteran has a history littered with injuries. He spent much of the 2011 season recovering from a shoulder issue, and has dealt with rotator cuff, arm, elbow, and knee injuries — to name a few — in his storied major league career. Lidge said repeatedly during spring training that his main goal was to get out of Florida healthy and feeling strong.
The injury to Lidge all-but ensures that Henry Rodriguez will now be the Nationals’ primary closer until Drew Storen is healthy and ready to return to the major league roster. Storen is making progress in his return from surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.
Perry, who was acquired this winter in a trade for former Nationals’ right-hander Collin Balester, had a 2.00 ERA in nine relief innings for Triple-A Syracuse this season. He’d allowed two earned runs off nine hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts.