Friday, April 27, 2012

Lidge to DL, Perry recalled

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Brad Lidge has a 5.14 ERA and two blown saves in four chances this season.
The Nationals placed Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with an "abdominal wall strain" this evening and replaced the struggling reliever with fellow right-hander Ryan Perry, who was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse.

Lidge, 35, had been shaky in recent outings, including a blown save Saturday against the Marlins in which he walked three batters and served up the game-tying home run to Logan Morrison. He hadn't appeared in a game since.

The veteran right-hander opened the season as one-half of manager Davey Johnson's closing duo, sharing the job with the less-experienced Henry Rodriguez while regular closer Drew Storen recovers from elbow surgery. Lidge performed well out of the gate, notching the save on Opening Day in Chicago, but he blew his first save the following week in the Nationals' home opener and has struggled since.

Along the way, Johnson started using Rodriguez more regularly in the ninth inning, sliding the young flamethrower into meaningful situations more often.

Lidge's DL move is retroactive to April 22, so he would be eligible to return as soon as May 7.

Perry, 25, was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.00 ERA in eight appearances with Syracuse. A veteran of 149 big-league games with the Tigers from 2009-11, the right-hander was acquired from Detroit in December in exchange for reliever Collin Balester.


sm13 said...

The next question is, who becomes the "b" closer - Stammen? Matheus? Sean?

sjm308 said...

OK lets go over this check list

Best hitter last year out - check
Best player on the team out - check
Closer out - check
Reliever to replace closer out - check
Replacements for best hitter averaging .097

First place in the NL EAST - check

What's the problem??

NatsNut said...

Wow, sjm. When you put it that way, Wow.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

SJM for glass is half-full award of the year.

sm13 said...

Natitude - Priceless!

NatsLady said...

The thing is, I didn't know vertigo turns into an "abdominal wall strain." Really?

Nice knowin' ya, Mr. Lidge, thanks for working on sliders with our boys.

sjm308 said...

as long as the glass is full of either a nice craft beer or your bourbon & maalox, I am ok.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Oh, half full of bourbon and Maalox, of course.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@Nats Lady: Lidge's Vertigo turned into the abdominal wall strain the same way Drew Storen's strep throat turned into elbow surgery. These injuries float around, don't you know?

The next time I believe a Nats medical report on an injury, remind me of these two fairy tales.

sm13 said...

I'm guessing that Lidge's "injury" is an excuse to get him a rehab assignment that will allow him time to work on his command. He'll be back and hopefully rediscover the form he had in spring training.

Doc said...

The Nats need to considedr appointing Alfred E. Newman "What Me Worry?" as medical consultant. Mad Magazine could probably give Rizzo a deal!

As we all know, the throat bone is connected to the elboe bone, and the the anxiety bone is connected to the stomach bone.

peric said...

Oh, half full of bourbon and Maalox, of course.

And tomorrow you can "crack open" the Kracken run to with the Maalox.

Holden Baroque said...

Or, just a thought, blue sky, back of a napkin, running it up the flagpole, tell me what you think -- people can get hurt twice, sometimes. You can get sick, and get hurt, and they are unrelated. Of course, that's not a medical opinion.

natsfan1a said...

sec 3, true that. However, to go along with that line of thinking, it's also necessary to remove one's tinfoil hat. Wait, what are those helicopters doing over my house? :-)

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