WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed reliever Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22, because of an abdominal wall strain, and they recalled right-hander Ryan Perry from Triple-A Syracuse.
Lidge started to feel pain while having a bullpen session on Wednesday in San Diego. This coming Monday, Lidge will go to Philadelphia to get further tests.
"That way we know what we are dealing with," Lidge said. "It kind of crept up on me a little bit. It got a good deal worse the last couple of days. I was throwing a bullpen [session] in San Diego. I knew I needed to say something, because if I entered the game, it probably wouldn't have been pretty. I let them know what was going on. I'll get it looked at and I'll figure out the timetable to get back [on the mound]."
With Lidge out of action, it means that right-hander Henry Rodriguez will be the closer. Lidge and Rodriguez were splitting the role before Lidge was put on the disabled list.
As for Perry, he had two saves and a 2.00 ERA in eight relief appearances for Syracuse. He is expected to be a middle reliever for the Nationals, but was likely not available for Friday's game against the Dodgers because he pitched the previous two days for Syracuse.
Tracy day to day after hand hit by pitch
LOS ANGELES -- The Nationals received a scare during their 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. With two outs in the ninth inning, Nationals infielder Chad Tracy entered the game as pinch-hitter and was hit on the right wrist and hand by a Kenley Jansen pitch.
Tracy was in serious pain, left the game, and was replaced by right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson, who came in as a pinch-runner. Manager Davey Johnson thought Tracy's hand was broken, but an X-ray taken afterward revealed that Tracy suffered a bone bruise, and he is listed as day to day.
"The pain went away quickly," Tracy said. "My hand feels fine now. My pinky went numb for a second. It was probably just a nerve. I've never been hit in the hand. So [Jansen] had nice cutter. I didn't pick it up until late."
Tracy has been a valuable pinch-hitter for the Nationals. His five pinch-hit RBIs are tied for the Major League lead entering Saturday's action.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.