Nix has Achilles problem; Kimball has setback
Nationals left fielder Laynce Nix left Tuesday’s game against the Mariners because of a sore right Achilles, while reliever Cole Kimball suffered a setback with his right shoulder.
Nix went 0-for-3 before leaving the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nix said the Achilles has been bothering him the last couple of months. However, he has managed to become one of the team’s best bench players, hitting .280 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.
Nix said his Achilles started to get worse as Tuesday’s game progressed. He is listed as day-to-day and will not play against Seattle on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to push it at this point,” Nix said. “It’s nothing terrible. It’s just something that — for whatever reason — gets tight at certain times and uncomfortable. I’m not too concerned about it.”
As for Kimball, he was throwing the baseball on flat ground Tuesday when his shoulder started to hurt. He will be shut down for the next two weeks before the team makes a decision about him throwing again.
“They told me two weeks of no throwing,” Kimball said. “So we will talk about throwing when we get back [from the road trip]. It’s really inflamed.”
Kimball has been on the disabled list since June 10 because of right shoulder inflammation.