Brad Lidge of the Washington Nationals walks off the field against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Brad Lidge On Rehab Assignment From Abdominal Injury

Brad Lidge has been one of the Washington Nationals' closers this season, and after hernia surgery, he's on a rehab assignment.

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Brad Lidge Has Rough Rehab Assignment Outing

A month ago, Brad Lidge had surgery to fix a hernia, which had previously been stated as a simple “abdominal strain.”

Ouch. Now that you’ve felt some of that pain yourself, probably, here’s what happened in Lidge’s first rehab outing:

Brad Lidge was roughed up a bit in his brief rehab appearance for Class A Potomac this evening, allowing three of four Frederick batters he faced to reach safely in the bottom of the first before being pulled upon reaching his predetermined pitch count.

The veteran reliever, out since late April following surgery to repair a sports hernia, struck out the first batter he faced, then issued a walk and two singles, allowing one run to score in the process. He threw a total of 22 pitches, only 10 of them strikes.

That doesn’t sound promising. Lidge will, according to the linked article, have two or three more rehab appearances before coming back to major-league action, but he’ll probably have to pitch better than that before the Nationals activate him.

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