Brad Lidge knew it was coming. The veteran right-hander approached Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in the clubhouse Sunday morning to ask if he was ready to talk. Rizzo delivered the news that Lidge least wanted to hear, but expected.
The Nationals designated Lidge for assignment on Sunday, activating Ryan Mattheus from the disabled list to take his place and effectively cutting ties with the 35-year-old former Philadelphia Phillies World Series hero.
Lidge’s ERA during this injury-plagued season was 9.64.
He can choose to accept a trip to the minors, or will be released.
For all the questionable decisions the Phillies made this offseason, letting Lidge and Ryan Madson walk, in hindsight, proved to be good ones.
Yes, I do know what you’re thinking. And no, I don’t think it would be a good idea.