Nationals Injury Update
by Jacob Emert
Prior to Sunday night’s series finale with the Giants, manager Matt Williams provided updates on several on Nationals players dealing with injuries.
– After being pulled from Saturday’s start in the fourth inning with “tightness in his left side,” Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday with a left oblique strain. Williams said Strasburg underwent an MRI and that the decision to place Strasburg on the disabled list was an obvious one. “It’s something that we’ve got to do for his health and well-being and make sure that we get him well as quickly as possible,” Williams said. “He certainly wouldn’t be able to make his next turn (in the rotation). That’s for sure.”
– Aaron Barrett threw 16 pitches in one inning in his latest rehab start with High Class-A Potomac. Barrett went on the DL on June 12 with a right bicep strain. Williams said Barrett felt good after the last outing and if nothing changes he will pitch again Monday. Williams added that it was important for Barrett to be able to pitch on back-to-back days and feel good doing so before he makes his return to the Nationals. So, that could come on Monday and Tuesday if everything goes smoothly tomorrow.
– Ryan Zimmerman, who was placed on the DL on June 10 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, in continuing his progression. He may do cage work on Sunday to “get any of that lingering soreness out of there,” Williams said, “and attempt to get him running again and going again.” He’s taken grounders and batting practice on the field, and “the last step is running.”
– Anthony Rendon is hitting in the cage and doing what he can “without stressing the muscle too much.” He’s been out since June 25 with a left quad strain and has not started to run yet. “We’re still very early in that process for him anyway,” Williams said.
– Jayson Werth is expected to be out until August will two small fractures in his left wrist but he is making good progress. He has been running and fielding fly balls during batting practice, and recently he started swinging a fungo bat — a thinner, lighter version compared to what players use in games. He’s also doing a “full lift” in the weight room, which Williams said is a good sign because “it means the bone is healthy.” “He’s itching to get going again,” Williams said. “He’ll progress through that, and somewhere in the near future, I’m sure he’ll get out to start going again with all of his work.”