Chad Tracy was rehabbing with Single-A Potomac on Friday night when he felt some discomfort in the area of his surgically-repaired right adductor muscle, said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Serving as the DH for the P-Nats, Tracy hit three ground balls to second base and felt some pain coming out of the batters box.
Tracy returned to D.C. to receive treatment and take a day off in his rehab. The Nationals are hoping it’s nothing more than the breaking up of scar tissue but they’re not certain he’ll be ready to be activated after the All-Star break.
“Hopefully he’ll be fine,” Johnson said. “But we’ll know more after today. For me, it’s kind of anticipated that you can have a little problem in that area but it’s more than just a little discomfort.
“So hopefully a little treatment and a day of rest and he can go back and resume.”
Tracy underwent surgery to repair the muscle on May 31 and is ahead of the six-week timetable for his return at this point.
– Drew Storen will make his second rehab appearance tonight in Potomac and with his first appearance going so swimmingly that he only needed eight pitchers, the Nationals are discussing ways to make sure he gets in the work he needs.
After throwing one inning on Thursday, Storen went to the bullpen to get the remainder of his pitches in but Johnson said Saturday he’d prefer the right-hander stay in the game longer.
“The main thing I’m concerned about is him being able to air it out, use all of his pitches and see how he felt the next day,” Johnson said. “I want him to throw more than eight pitches, to get a good workout down there.
“Instead of going to the bullpen and start throwing I want to see him in game situations because it’s not going to be like here. It’s going to raise up another 20 percent here. So I want to make sure he has a good foundation for when he comes back up.”
It’s not imperative for Storen that he throw back-to-back days while on rehab assignment, Johnson said, because he doesn’t intend on using him that way immediately after he returns. Right now he’s scheduled to pitch on July 9 and July 11 before the Nationals expect to activate him when the team returns from the All-Star break. If he continues to have light workloads during his appearances, though, they might consider pitching him on back-to-back days for that reason.
“It’s all about arm endurance,” Johnson said. “Because the first time he comes up here and pitches I woldn’t back-to-back him the same way I wouldn’t close with him.”
– Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang did some throwing in the bullpen Saturday afternoon and has been working with his personal trainer, Vicky, on various exercises to help the right hip strain that landed him on the disabled list.
Wang is planning to return to Taiwan during the All-Star break and Johnson said the team is hopeful he’ll be ready to go on a rehab assignment when the second half begins.
– Xavier Nady will hit third and serve as the DH for Single-A Potomac on Saturday night as he begins his rehab from right wrist tendinitis. Until he went on the DL on June 25, Nady was hitting .157 with three home runs in a bench role for the Nationals.