Experiencing some soreness in his injured right shoulder, Cole Kimball will be shut down for two weeks, a setback for the reliever who had a cortisone shot last Friday and had hoped to be throwing a bullpen by this time in his return from right shoulder inflammation.
“He’s just not feeling as comfortable as we’d like him to feel,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “Cole wants to throw but as he described to the trainer how he feels, he describes to the doctor how he feels, just going to be real conservative about it and give him a couple weeks where he doesn’t throw at all and then get him back healthy.”
Kimball will not travel with the team to Chicago or Anaheim this weekend and upcoming week and will be on strict orders not to throw until the two-week period has passed.
“Obviously I came back too quickly,” Kimball said. “But it’s not a perfect road map.”
When Kimball was placed on the disabled list on June 10, he admitted that he’d been pitching through shoulder pain for a few weeks before he was called up to the major leagues on May 14. Once he arrived, he wasn’t planning to complain about arm pain.
But his velocity waned and he began to compensate in his mechanics, which led to an abundance of walks. When the pain cropped up again after throwing this week, Kimball considered attempting to work through it but talked with several veteran pitchers on the Nationals staff and was convinced it was the right thing to speak up, as tough as it may be to sit out.
– Rick Ankiel has already departed Washington for Florida and will not be with the team in Chicago this weekend. Ankiel, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 30 (an off day for the Nationals), is expected to begin taking some swings while he’s in Florida and, eventually go out on a rehab assignment to test his strained left intercostal muscle.
– Laynce Nix said his sore right Achilles muscle was feeling better on Wednesday but it was tough to offer a definitive evaluation until he pushed himself in some activities. Nix has been managing the soreness there for a few weeks now but it has only caused him to come out of a game early on a handful of occasions. To this point, it’s worked out for the slugger because he hasn’t been in the lineup much against left-handed pitchers so those days are used to rest. The idea is to manage the injury now to prevent it from becoming a larger issue.