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MLB Injury News:
For the Washington
Nationals, the revolving door to the injury front keeps turning. Here
is the latest news according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.
Ryan Mattheus, broken
Reliever Ryan Mattheus broke his right hand on May 19 as he
left the game against the San Diego Padres. He did not injure it on the field,
but rather, as a result of an ill-advised punching of his locker to relieve
frustration after a poor performance. Ladson reports that Mattheus will miss up to
two months, but he will not need surgery.
Danny Espinosa, broken
wrist, no DL
Second baseman Danny Espinosa has played with pain in his
right wrist for over a month. An X-ray taken
on May 24 revealed a broken bone. Initial X-rays in April came up negative, so Espinosa
continued to play. For now the plan is to have Espinosa rest and manage the
pain without performing any baseball activities. The injury may help explain
Espinosa’s .163 season average.
Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler will throw a bullpen session
on May 25 to see if he can make his next scheduled start on May 28. Detwiler mildly
strained the oblique muscles in his lower back while running the bases after a
bunt against the Los Angeles Dodgers early last week. He missed his next start
on May 20 because of the pain. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday when the
Nats host the Baltimore Orioles.
The Nationals are in second place in the National League East
at 25-23, four games behind the Atlanta Braves, as play begins on May 25. These
injuries and those to other key players such as Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, have
made it difficult for the Nationals to live up to expectations of a second-straight
division title. However, the active roster has kept the team close. When the
Nationals get their injured players back, the N.L. East race could get very
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