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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.
The Nationals selected the contract of right-hander Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse and placed right-hander Cole Kimball on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Mattheus posted two saves and 10 scoreless innings during nine relief appearances with the Chiefs. Including a 13-game stint with Double-A Harrisburg, he is 2-1 with six saves and a 1.46 ERA in 22 appearances in 2011.
Mattheus, 27, is 3-2 with six saves and a 1.25 ERA in 32 games four starts since returning from July 2009 “Tommy John” ligament-replacement surgery on July 31, 2010.
Mattheus was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 31, 2009, just weeks after his ligament-replacement surgery, as part of a three-player trade that sent left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel to Colorado. He is 32-42 with 23 saves and a 4.93 ERA in 193 games/88 starts during his career.
Kimball, 25, is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 12 games this season with Washington.
The Nationals sent right-hander Cole Kimball and Corey Brown to Minor League camp Thursday morning. Both players are expected to start the season for Triple A Syracuse.
Of the two players, Kimball’s demotion was the biggest surprise because it appeared he had a serious shot at making the big-league club. In six games, Kimball allowed a run in eight innings and struck out eight batters.
According to a baseball source, Kimball took the news hard and told his superiors that he pitched well enough to be on the 25-man roster. However, Kimball was told that Stephen Strasburg was the Nationals’ best pitcher last Spring Training and had to start the season in the Minor Leagues.
Kimball was also told that the Nationals have a lot of pitchers who are out of options and they couldn’t afford to let them go.
Kimball is considered one of the Nationals’ best prospects and expected to be in the Major Leagues sometime this year.
As for Brown, he appeared in two games and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. He hasn’t played since early in the spring because of a sprained left ankle.
The left-handed-hitting Brown is considered to be a year away from the Majors. He hit a combined .283 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 131 games last season with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento.
After a slow start with Sacramento, Brown was a Texas League All-Star and Topps Double-A All-Star in 90 games with Midland, hitting .320 with 10 homers, 49 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and a .415 on-base percentage.
Brown can bat anywhere from the two hole to the seventh spot in the order. If he gets to play in the Major Leagues, he could find himself in left or center field.