Mattheus has tightness in shoulder, listed as day to day

Nationals right-hander Ryan Mattheus left Thursday’s 3-1 victory against the Reds because of shoulder tightness. He is listed as day to day.

Mattheus replaced right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in the sixth inning and was able to strike out Paul Janish to end the inning.

Mattheus tried coming out for the seventh, but was unable to warm up. He was taken out of the game and replaced by right-hander Henry Rodriguez.

Mattheus said the shoulder injury is not considered serious. Manager Davey Johnson said Mattheus hurt the shoulder lifting weights before the game.

“I found out later he was working out earlier and put up a little too much weight and was tight, but he said it was nothing to worry about,” Johnson said. “We’re not going to take that chance. I told him he needed to be honest in the future. He said, ‘I spent a year and a half pitching when I was hurt, and it cost me a year and a half.’ That was scary.”

Said Mattheus: “It’s normal. I don’t think it’s going to be anything that stops me. It was just a little tightness. I was doing a little extra stretching in the dugout between innings. A couple of the guys came up to me and asked, “Why are you stretching?” [A teammate] told [pitching coach] Steve McCatty and they did the right thing. They didn’t have time to sit down and ask me, ‘Hey, how are you feeling?’”

Mattheus has been a productive reliever for Nationals this season, going 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 28 games.

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