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Brad Lidge to be placed on disabled list with abdominal strain

Apr 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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The latest development in a wild day for the Nationals, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Brad Lidge will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal wall strain.

No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Comak compares it to a sports hernia, which certainly doesn’t sound good. Ryan Perry, who was acquired from the Tigers in December, will be called up to take his place on the active roster. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 2.00 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio over nine innings this season with Triple-A Syracuse.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson has utilized a duel-closer approach with Drew Storen sidelined following elbow surgery, but now young fireballer Henry Rodriguez will have the job all to himself. The 25-year-old is 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season while posting a 10/6 K/BB ratio over over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. Lidge is 2-for-4 in save chances with 5.14 ERA and 7/7 K/BB ratio over seven innings, so Rodriguez was plenty deserving of the gig, anyway.

  1. natstowngreg - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Considering Lidge’s shaky performance, this isn’t the biggest surprise. Rodriguez showed in September what he could do if he got control of his 100-mph fastball, and he’s continued to show it thus far this season.

    DL’ing Lidge removes the temptation Davey feels to use him in the 9th inning, probably a good thing for the team. Concern now shifts to Tyler Clippard, who has been scuffling and lost last night’s game.

  2. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Brads wife is muttering “oh shit” over and over again

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