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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.
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 made their third round of roster cuts Monday as they optioned right-hander Collin Balester and left-hander Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse, right-hander Ryan Mattheus and left-hander Aaron Thompson to Double-A Harrisburg and right-hander Juan Jamie to Class-A Potomac. The Nationals also released left-hander Ron Villone.
With the moves, Washington’s Major League roster is now down to 45 players.
Of the names off the roster, Balester, Thompson and Villone were the most intriguing. Villone was a favorite of manager Jim Riggleman’s. Last season, Villone was the veteran leader of the bullpen, pitching in 63 games and had a 4.25 ERA. This spring, Villone was hit hard, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
“That was tough, not just for me but for [general manager Mike] Rizzo, [pitching coach] Steve McCatty and a lot of people in the clubhouse in general,” Riggleman said. “He is such a class act. He is a wonderful guy. He was an effective pitcher for us last year.”
With Villone gone, the Nationals most likely will carry one lefty reliever — Sean Burnett — on the 25-man roster, even though left-handers Jesse English and Doug Slaten are still in camp.
Riggleman has often said he is confident that right-hander Tyler Clippard can get left-handed hitters out. Lefties hit .122 against him last year.
Thompson, who was acquired in the Nick Johnson trade last July, pitched four shutout innings and impressed the big-league staff, but he wasn’t considered part of the mix. Riggleman hinted that right-handed Garrett Mock has been impressive and most likely be in the rotation. Mock hasn’t walked a batter in five innings entering Monday’s action.
“It’s very important to him to pitch to contact and that is not easy for him,” Riggleman said about Mock. “When your ball moves a lot, sometimes it could move out of the strike zone. But he has been able to keep his movement in the strike zone. Even when he doesn’t throw a strike, it has the appearance of a strike. So hitters might swing at it. That’s huge.”
Livan Hernandez is considered the leading candidate to take over the fifth spot of the rotation. John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Scott Olsen are already in the rotation.
Inconsistency is the reason Balester was sent down, giving up four runs in four innings. Rizzo believes Balester has the pitches to get people out.
“The stuff is there,” Rizzo said. “He has a good fastball and a good breaking pitch at times. We still have high hopes for him. He is going to go down and master his craft, get him in the strike zone a little better and be more consistently.”