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Nationals right-hander J.D. Martin announced on Saturday morning that he will have season-ending surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back. The surgery will take place Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Martin has had lower back problems dating back to his days in the Indians organization, but the injury grew worse this year. Earlier this season, Martin missed two starts for Triple-A Syracuse because of back issues.
Then on June 24, Martin started against the Brewers and didn’t have anything in the tank, even though he allowed just one run in 2 1/3 innings. In fact, the team believed Martin was injured in the bottom of the second inning.
With the count 1-1 on Jonathan Lucroy, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz went to the mound to check on Martin. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was the first to notice something was wrong with Martin.
Martin said he was OK and remained in the game, but he would later leave after one out in the third, with runners on first and second.
The team announced after the game that Martin was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his lower back problem. Martin thought he would be back on the mound by now, but he was placed on the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
“It was a little bit worse than we thought, so it’s going to require a little surgery,” Martin said via phone. “It’s just a cleanup. It’s a pretty easy procedure, the doctor said. After rehab, I’ll be ready to be strong and for next Spring Training.”
Martin made nine big-leagues starts this season and was 1-5 with a 4.13 ERA for Washington.
The Nationals optioned right-hander J.D. Martin to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. With the move, the team has 36 players remaining in camp.
Martin pitched in only three Major League games and had 6.30 ERA, however he threw a lot on the Minor League field because the club had its share of rainouts and too many pitchers in camp.
Martin was competing against right-hander Garrett Mock and left-hander Scott Olsen for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.
General manager Mike Rizzo said sending Martin to the Minor League was one of the toughest moves he had to make this spring.
“It was really tough call. It’s a very small margin with him and the other candidates for that job,” Rizzo said. “The other two candidates give us a better chance at this point to get guys out in the Major Leagues early in the season. We told J.D. to go down there and keep working on his craft and we expect to see him in the big leagues soon.”
Martin took the news well and said the lack of work on the Major League side had nothing to do with him getting demoted.
“I wasn’t too surprised. My reaction was, I have to keep working harder. That was the only thing that was going through my mind,” Martin said. “I don’t think [the rainouts and too many pitchers in camp] can hurt you. You still get innings in, whether it’s intrasquad games or actual games. I don’t think it hurt me.”
The Nationals have decided to let right-hander J.D. Martin start against the Tigers on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium. It will be his first Major League outing of the spring since March 10 against the Cardinals.
In that game, Martin gave up two runs in three innings. Overall, he has pitched five innings and hasn’t walked a batter.
Martin hasn’t been able to pitch because of rainouts and there were too many pitchers in camp. However, he has spent most of his time pitching on the Minor League field. Martin is trying to be on the Opening Day roster as a starter or long man out of the bullpen.
“It feels good to actually get into [a Major League game],” Martin said. “I’ve been throwing those intrasquad games the last couple of weeks. It hasn’t been two frustrating. I don’t let it bother me really. I just try to be patient with it.”
Last year, Martin pitched a combined 165 innings — a career high — for Triple-A Syracuse and the Nationals. Manager Jim Riggleman believes Martin’s was tired toward the end of the season, but the stats don’t back up that theory. Martin had a respectable 4.23 ERA in his last seven starts.
“Last year was the most I’ve ever thrown in a season,” Martin said. “I felt I was a little bit tired, but I felt I handled it well. I still got the job done.”
Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman announced on Sunday morning that left-hander Scott Olsen will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and right-hander J.D. Martin will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to make the start against the Mets on Monday night.
Martin, who will be making his Major League debut, was 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA for Syracuse. He has been in professional baseball since 2001. He spent most of his career in the Indians organization.
“I talked to [Syracuse manager] Tim Foli and [Nationals pitching coach] Steve McCatty [about Martin],” Riggleman said. “Martin has been a strike thrower, understands about holding runners and the finer points of pitching to both sides at the plate. He is a professional pitcher and earned the right to get here and see if he can do it against Major League hitters.”
Looking to get a second opinion, Olsen will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday about his sore latissimus dorsi, a muscle near the shoulder area. It’s the second time Olsen will be placed on the DL. He missed time earlier in the season because of a sore shoulder.
Looking to get a second opinion, Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday about his sore latissimus dorsi, a muscle near the shoulder area.
Olsen was scheduled to start on Monday against the Mets, but the Nationals will call up a Minor League pitcher from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch that game.
According to a baseball source, right-hander J.D. Martin is the leading candidate to get the call up. Entering Saturday’s action, Martin is 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA for Syracuse.