Washington Nationals
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Name  Brad Lidge
Born  12/23/1976
Height  6-5
Weight  210
Number  54
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
6/25/2012 8:51:00 PM
Description: Washington reliever Brad Lidge has officially been released. Lidge was designated for assignment by the Nationals more than a week ago.
Insight: Lidge has 225 career saves in 603 major league appearances but he has recorded only three saves over the last two seasons. We'd expect Lidge to catch on with another team but not necessarily as a closer.
6/17/2012 11:55:00 AM
Description: The Washington Times has reported that Nationals reliever Brad Lidge has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Even if Lidge (0-1, 9.64 ERA) ends up finding a bullpen job somewhere else, he's been too inconsistent this season to warrant a spot on any fantasy rosters.
6/7/2012 1:19:00 PM
Description: Washington righthander Brad Lidge has been activated from the disabled list. Lidge underwent hernia surgery a little over a month ago.
Insight: Lidge could be in a position to win the closer's job now that he's back in the fold, though Tyler Clippard has been perfect in save chances since taking over for Henry Rodriguez in late May.
5/1/2012 7:16:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge underwent successful hernia surgery on Tuesday.
Insight: Lidge (5.14 ERA, two saves) is expected to return from the disabled list in about a month.
4/27/2012 6:49:00 PM
Description: Friday, the Nationals placed Brad Lidge on the disabled list with an abdominal wall strain.
Insight: Lidge (2-4 in save chances this season) will hand over the closer duties to Henry Rodriguez (0.00 ERA this season) and there is no guarantee that Lidge will regain closer status when he returns from injury.
4/21/2012 8:38:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge gave up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison in the ninth inning that tied the game 2-2.
Insight: Lidge walked three batters in addition to the longball, and now has two blown saves on the season. With Henry Rodriguez pitching lights out, it's only a matter of time before Davey Johnson removes Lidge from the closer role that is currently being shared between the two.
4/18/2012 7:38:00 PM
Description: The Washington Post is reporting that Brad Lidge suffers from vertigo that has been especially acute recently. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said it was initially unclear if Lidge would be available on Tuesday, but he was feeling well enough to save the Nationals 1-0 win over Houston.
Insight: People who suffer from vertigo can experience a sensation of spinning while stationary and may suffer from nausea and vomiting as well as blurred vision and difficulty speaking. If Lidge's condition worsens, it could mean more save opportunities for Henry Rodriguez. The two are currently sharing the closer role for Washington with Drew Storen out until at least midseason.
4/12/2012 5:00:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge blew the save Thursday against the Reds. Fortunately for Lidge, the Nationals were able to capture the 3-2 win in extra innings.
Insight: This wasn't the greatest outing we've ever seen (two hits, two earned runs in the ninth inning) and Lidge has always been a bit streaky. It will be interesting to see how short Lidge's leash is going forward, especially with another very capable closer in Henry Rodriguez (one save already this season) waiting in the wings. Of course, none of this will matter when Drew Storen returns from elbow surgery in two months.
4/5/2012 5:04:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge saved the Nationals season opening win over the Cubs.
Insight: Lidge was named the closer over Henry Rodriguez with Drew Storen out. However, Storen should return by the end of April, so Lidge will only have value for a couple of weeks. If you can trade Lidge to an owner desperate for saves, now is the best time to move him.
4/5/2012 1:24:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge has been announced as the Nationals' Opening Day closer.
Insight: Lidge was able to beat out Henry Rodriguez (1-1, 0.75 ERA this spring) for the starting closer job. He won't have it for long though. Drew Storen is expected to return to the big leagues sometime in Mid-April.
3/28/2012 8:30:00 PM
Description: With Drew Storen starting the year on the diabled list with an elbow injury, Brad Lidge could vulture some saves for the Nationals.
Insight: Obviously Lidge has plenty of experience closing out games (223 career saves) but manager Davey Johnson might be more partial to Henry Rodriguez (3.56 ERA in 59 appearances last season), who is quite a bit younger than Lidge. We're not sure who Johnson will go with but remember, Storen probably won't be on the DL long, meaning that you shouldn't be committing to either player long-term.
6/7/2011 8:09:00 AM
Description: Phillies reliever Brad Lidge, who's been throwing in extended spring training in Florida since experiencing right shoulder soreness in March, was on his way back to Philadelphia Monday after experiencing elbow soreness, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. SOURCE: CSNPHILLY.COM
Insight: Bad news if you were stashing Lidge on your DL for saves. Ryan Madson has done nothing wrong to be replaced as closer and this setback further limits Lidge's value this season.
5/23/2011 7:59:00 AM
Description: Phillies RP Brad Lidge, on the disabled list with a strained right posterior rotator cuff, thinks he could be back in the Phillies' bullpen in 2 1/2 to three weeks. "It feels great," Lidge said of his shoulder. "The trainers have done a great job. They've been working with me every day and it feels really strong." SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: With Ryan Madson pitching well, don't expect the Phillies to give the 9th inning role back to Lidge right away.
3/29/2011 11:05:00 PM
Description: The (Delaware) News Journal reports that Lidge has a posterior rotator cuff strain and that the "best case" will have him begin throwing again in 3-to-6 weeks.
Insight: Lidge was quoted as saying he hopes to make it back for the season's second half. For most fantasy owners, that means it's time to drop him. Half a season is more than enough time for the Phils to get comfy with another closer, and Lidge hasn't exactly been lights out when healthy for a while. (RapidDraft.com)
3/29/2011 6:34:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge hopes to be back for the second half of the season. SOURCE: DELAWARE ONLINE
Insight: It's a lot worse than anyone expected. He will be shut down for 3-6 weeks and then will rebuild the strength in his shoulder from that point. Ryan Madson is the immediate favorite for saves with Jose Contreras in the picture too.
3/28/2011 11:44:00 AM
Description: Phillies closer Brad Lidge will have an MRI exam Tuesday in Philadelphia. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that then they will know if Lidge has structural damage in his right shoulder. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: If Lidge misses any time the Phillies will go with some combination of Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras in the closer role.
3/27/2011 1:26:00 PM
Description: Brad Lidge will have an MRI on his sore shoulder on Tuesday. SOURCE: TODD ZOLECKI
Insight: He will start the season on the DL and no one currently knows how long he will be out. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras will fill in for him.
3/26/2011 11:01:00 AM
Description: After he experienced some shoulder pain Thursday against the Twins, it has been determined that Lidge will have to open the season on the DL.
Insight: Ryan Madson steps into the closer role with that news and should certainly be added in all leagues. He put up 15 saves in spot duty over the past two seasons. (RapidDraft.com)
3/25/2011 11:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies closer Brad Lidge acknowledged that he won't be ready for Opening Day due to soreness in the back of his shoulder. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: While the Phillies have not officially announced his replacement, expect Ryan Madson to get first crack at the save opportunities.
3/20/2011 9:51:00 AM
Description: Brad Lidge was happy with his 35-pitch throwing session yesterday. SOURCE:MLBLOGS
Insight: He is dealing with sore biceps but if he doesn't have any other setbacks then he should be ready for opening day. Ryan Madson is the handcuff to own.