The Nationals placed left-hander Roenis Elias on the 60-day injured list due to a flexor strain in his left elbow, manager Davey Martinez told MASNsports.com’s Byron Kerr and other reporters. The placement is retroactive to July 13, when Elias was initially placed the 10-day IL for unspecified reasons, although Martinez said the current injury emerged when Elias was throwing a bullpen session at the Nationals’ minor-league training camp.
“He threw yesterday and he didn’t feel right. Got an MRI today and it was a flexor strain,” Martinez said. Because of the backdated placement, Elias will be eligible to return in 45 days rather than 60, although Martinez noted that “we are going to be cautious” with bringing the southpaw along.
Injuries have plagued Elias since he came to Washington as part of a deadline day trade with Seattle, as a hamstring injury limited him to four appearances for the Nats and he then wasn’t included on their postseason roster. It was a sour ending on what had been a pretty solid 2019 season for Elias, as he posted a 3.64 ERA, 2.65 K/BB rate, and an 8.6 K/9 over 47 innings with the Mariners. Elias, who turns 32 later this week, is under Nationals control via arbitration through the 2021 season.