Brad Lidge has informed his agents that he plans to retire from baseball, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The former closer underwent surgery in late April and appeared in just 9.1 innings for the Nationals last season.
The 35-year-old signed a $1MM deal with the Nats in January but was sidelined by sports hernia surgery in late April and struggled in his June return. "Lights Out" had a 9.64 ERA with ten strikeouts and eleven walks in 11 appearances for Washington in 2012. In eleven big league seasons, the right-hander had an ERA of 3.54 with 11.9 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 for the Astros, Phillies, and Nats.