Brad Lidge could be closer to a return which could add a big veteran presence to the Washington bullpen. (Image Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE)

Brad Lidge to Begin Rehab Assignment Monday

Having been out since late April thanks to a sports hernia, Brad Lidge may finally be  nearing a return to the Nationals bullpen. The veteran right-hander is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class-A Potomac. It appears he is slated to pitch Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before the team will reassess whether he is ready to return.

If things go as planned, Lidge could return at the end of the Nationals’ three game series next weekend in Boston.

Lidge had made seven appearances for Washington before the injury – pitching to a 5.14 ERA with 2 saves, 7 strikeouts, and 7 walks. He started out the season as the team’s closer in lieu of Drew Storen‘s injury and despite some control issues was pitching fairly well for the Nationals. It was also apparent that his presence in the Washington bullpen was proving to be positive for the younger arms on the roster. He is far and away the most experienced reliever on the team and will see some opportunities to close upon his return, barring a standout week from Tyler Clippard that wins him the job for a little longer.

In other bullpen injury news … Ryan Mattheus is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, but won’t just yet. Mattheus feels he is ready but the team wants him to go on a rehab assignment first.

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  • SorianoJoe

    I remember back when I wrote up an analysis piece on this deal when it was done, and a writer on this site (maybe it was you, Aaron) and I agreed that Brad Lidge would be a positive addition to the team due to him being around an average reliever and a good presence for the younger arms. He did just that in that limited time, and this step forward is huge for the stability of the bullpen due to inconsistency among the high leverage relievers with Drew Storen out. The guys that need to step up haven’t, and maybe Lidge can be that guy to come through or at least flow some veteran know-how into the other guys so that they will improve.

  • Aaron Somers

     @SorianoJoe Joe, I think that was me. At the very least I recall the conversation. I think that you might have something there in that the lack of an experienced presence in the bullpen has been detrimental in the past few weeks. I know these guys are capable of it but right now Clippard and Burnett are the most experienced options and neither has spent significant time where they have been “The Guy” and have needed to lead the bullpen. Lidge’s return should help with that.