Lidge hoping to start throwing off mound soon

Lidge hoping to start throwing off mound soon

WASHINGTON -- Nationals reliever Brad Lidge, who is on the disabled list because of a sports hernia, is going to have a follow up with his doctor in Philadelphia during beginning of next week.

If the checkup goes well, Lidge is expected to work off the mound before Wednesday's game at Citizens Bank Park.

"It will be an easy off-the-mound [session] for the first one," Lidge said. "We are already at that point where it's building up really fast. We have been working hard, and it's paying off."

On Thursday, Lidge will go to the team's complex in Viera, Fla., where he will have more bullpen sessions for a week to 10 days before going into a rehab assignment.

Lidge hopes to be activated from the disabled list on June 15.