The Washington Times - May 1, 2012, 09:26AM

Washington Nationals right-hander Brad Lidge underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia Tuesday morning in Philadelphia.

Lidge was told that he’ll be able to begin throwing in three weeks, according to his agent, Rex Gary. 

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“Given the fact that he had to have surgery, everything’s not too bad,” Gary said. “Surgery went well and it was something that was easily repaired.”

Lidge is expected to return to Washington sometime this week after he recovers from the initial procedure.

The reliever saw Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia about the abdominal wall strain that had forced the Nationals to put him on the disabled list on Friday. Meyers recommended surgery.

Meyers, who performed surgery on Ryan Zimmerman for a torn rectus abdominis last May, is considered the leading expert on injuries of this nature.

Zimmerman underwent surgery on his tear May 3. He returned to the active roster on June 14 but it wasn’t until close to the end of July where Zimmerman felt he was fully back to himself, and was able to perform his usual pre- and post-game lifting and workout routine. All told, Zimmerman missed 58 games with the injury.

Lidge told reporters on Friday that he began feeling minor discomfort earlier this season where his abdomen and right groin meet, but didn’t feel it affected his pitching. Lidge, who had blown two of four save opportunities and allowed four earned runs in seven innings of work, said the pain worsened during a bullpen session on Wednesday in San Diego.

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 — over the course of his career. He told reporters on Friday that he had never dealt with anything like his current abdominal issue.