MLB notes: Lidge loses big-league gig

Washington Nationals pitcher Brad Lidge (L) gives up the ball as manager Davey Johnson relieves him...

Washington Nationals pitcher Brad Lidge (L) gives up the ball as manager Davey Johnson relieves him during the 14th inning of their MLB Interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees in Washington, June 16, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Brad Lidge started the season with an eye on the job as closer with the Wahington Nationals.

Now, he'd just be happy with a big-league bullpen gig.

The Nationals designated Lidge for assignment Sunday after he posted a 9.64 earned-run average in 11 appearances this season. He took the loss in his most recent appearance, giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday against the New York Yankees.

"After his performance (Saturday), he told me that he kind of knew there would be some kind of move with the bullpen," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He said he was disappointed with the way he pitched and he was sorry it didn't turn out better."

The Nationals signed Lidge, the Philadelphia Phillies perfect closer (48-for-48) during their run to the 2008 World Series, in January but clearly things didn't work out. Missing six weeks due to sports hernia surgery probably didn't help.

Ryan Mattheus was activated off the 15-day DL to take Lidge's spot on the roster.

LIFE'S NOT BEACHY

An injury to the right elbow of Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy has landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Beachy was put on the DL Sunday with what the Braves are calling "elbow discomfort." He will have a MRI Monday as team doctors try to determine if the injury is the result of bone chips or something more sinister.

"I'm hoping it's bone spurs still," Beachy said. "It's time to find out for sure, so that's what we're going to do."

The 25-year-old pitcher is 5-5 with a 2.00 earned-run average and .963 WHIP in 13 starts this season. He left Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning after his elbow flared up.

SWISHER QUICK HEALER

When New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher limped on crutches away from the ballpark, his immediate future looked more than a little mirky.

But Swisher, who got "the worst charley horse ever" during a collision at home plate Saturday against the Washington Nationals, is optimistic he'll be able to play Monday.

"I had a hard time moving (Saturday), so I just kind of used (the crutches) to help out," Swisher said. "It's a long walk from this locker room to the bus. It's just tight, man; just feels like it's all knotted up."

Swisher, who is batting .262 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 58 games this season, spent most of Sunday getting treatment for the injury.

BRIEFLY

The Houston Astros activated slugger Carlos Lee off the DL and sent Brett Wallace back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Lee, who has four homers and 23 RBIs, missed 15 days with a strained left hamstring. The Astros put starting pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day DL due to a sprained left knee ... Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, fresh off an overnight stay in hospital due to an intestinal virus, could play Monday in San Diego. Hamilton, owner of 22 homers and 62 RBIs this season, was released from hospital Saturday and worked out with the Rangers on Sunday ... Injured outfielder Matt Kemp will travel with the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, a sign that he might be close to returning. Kemp has been out with a strained left hamstring. Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis, out with a left leg injury, will also head on the road with the team.


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