DENVER (AP) - The Washington Nationals have given right-hander Brad Lidge his unconditional release.
The Nationals made the move Monday night before facing the Colorado Rockies. They had designated Lidge for assignment on June 17.
Lidge signed a $1 million, one-year contract as a free agent in the offseason to add veteran bullpen depth behind closer Drew Storen and All-Star Tyler Clippard, but the 35-year-old right-hander couldn't find the form that made him a two-time All-Star with Houston and Philadelphia. He went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in 11 appearances with the Nationals, and opponents were batting .308 against him.
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