Ivan Rodriguez was back at Nationals Park on Tuesday working out and throwing, his first physical activity in nearly a week. The good news was that Rodriguez was allowed to do that, the bad news was that’s about all he’ll most likely be doing for the next few days.
Rodriguez, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a strained right oblique, has suffered a number of setbacks in his attempt to return to the active roster and swinging a bat still causes him problems. Rodriguez has not swung a bat since last Wednesday and the inactivity has been a test for the 20-year major league veteran.
“I’m hyper,” Rodriguez said. “It’s hard just sitting there.”
The Nationals have urged Rodriguez to take it easy in his rehab.
“He needs to hold himself back just to heal,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “You can’t keep pushing it. He doesn’t have anything to prove. It’s not like he’s trying to make the ball club.”
Rodriguez was scheduled to meet with the Nationals medical personnel at 6 p.m., after the clubhouse was closed to reporters, to discuss the plan for him going forward. Most likely he will continue throwing until he, and the medical staff, feel he’s ready to try to swing the bat again. Swinging is where it causes him the most problem.
“If I can tolerate the pain, I’ll just go forward and play,” he said.
– Nationals left-hander John Lannan tested his tight left knee with some running on Tuesday and reported nothing out of the ordinary. The real test for Lannan, though, will come Wednesday when he does is side session between starts. Lannan injured the knee making a diving glove flip to catcher Wilson Ramos.
– The Nationals wore hats honoring the branches of the military this afternoon during batting practice in honor of the fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash on August 6. They honored the Air Froce, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Navy SEALS, Marines and military reserves with the hats.
The hats were a big hit with the players, and especially Johnson whose grandfather was a Navy veteran and his father an Army veteran.