Nationals relief pitcher Brad Lidge will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair a hernia, The Washington Post has reported. Lidge visited a specialist on Monday in Philadelphia who decided surgery was the best option. He is expected to begin throwing activities in three weeks.
The 35-year-old Lidge has been on the disabled list since Saturday after suffering a tear in his abdomen during a bullpen session last Thursday. He had been sharing closer duties with Henry Rodriguez in the absence of Drew Storen.
Lidge has appeared in seven games this season for Washington and holds a 5.14 ERA with two saves. He signed a one-year deal as a free agent worth 1 million plus incentives in January.
An 11 year MLB veteran, Lidge has also played for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies.