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Nationals designate Lidge for assignement

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The Washington Nationals have designated right-handed relief pitcher Brad Lidge for assignment, the team announced Sunday.

Lidge, who started the season as the team's closer, has struggled this season. He left Saturday's game with a 9.64 ERA in 11 games this season. Since coming off the disabled list last month, he has allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

"Brad wasn't performing very well." Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "(Lidge took the news) like the professional that he is"

The move gives the Nationals 10 days to place Lidge on waivers, trade him or release him.

Lidge has a career ERA of 3.54 in 11 major-league seasons. He has 225 career saves with his best seasons in 2005 with as the Houston closer (42 saves) and 2008 with the Philadelphia (41 saves)

Right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus took Lidge's roster spot after being activated from the disabled list. He has a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings pitched this season.

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