As much as Bryce Harper and Harpermania seem to have taken over the Washington Nationals the past few days, it’s important to remember that the original reason for Harper’s call-up on Saturday was because of injury. As was the call-up of Tyler Moore, and that of Ryan Perry. Needless to say, the Nationals have been hit with a rash of injuries lately.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday the injuries have not forced any urgency for the Nationals to look outside the organization for offensive or bullpen help. “We just need to get healthy,” he said.
Here are some updates:
Ryan Zimmerman: The Nationals’ third baseman was out early Tuesday afternoon throwing lightly with trainer Lee Kuntz and he later took infield practice. Throwing didn’t cause Zimmerman any issues before he went on the disabled list with an inflamed right AC joint, but it was still encouraging for him that there was no issue with his throws on Tuesday as it was the first baseball activity he’d done since the previous Wednesday.
Zimmerman will not hit until the weekend. Hitting, of course, has been where Zimmerman has had any issue with pain so that will be the true test of his readiness. He is eligible to return to the active lineup on Sunday, May 6. As long as he has no unexpected issues, it appears he’d be ready for that day but the Nationals won’t know for sure until he hits.
It doesn’t appear too likely Zimmerman will need a rehab assignment.
“I’d activate him right away,” Johnson said with a laugh. “That’ll be up to Zim, see how he’s feeling. In talking to the doctors, I don’t think it’s going to be something that can be reinjured swinging. I think it’s more hitting the ground. I think that’s how he aggravated it. I’ll wait til later in the week, talk to Zim and the doctors and see how it’s going.”
Drew Storen: Storen said Tuesday that his rehab from surgery to remove a bone chip in his right elbow is going extremely well. “Ahead of schedule, I think,” he said. Storen has been doing a lot of flexibility work and working to regain full range of motion in his elbow. It is already better, he said, than when the bone chip was there and he can see a noticeable difference.
Storen was expecting to meet with Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih on Tuesday to map out his plan from here but it doesn’t appear that the start of soft tossing is all that far off.
Brad Lidge: Lidge underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning to repair a sports hernia and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Lidge will be out at least a month as he recovers. Lidge’s agent, Rex Gary, said the right-hander was told he could begin throwing in about three weeks.
Mark DeRosa: Out with an oblique strain, Johnson seemed pessimistic that DeRosa would only require a short or minimal stay on the disabled list.
DeRosa apparently felt the strain for the first time during batting practice on Saturday.
“Who knows on that?” Johnson said. “That’s a tricky one. But for sure the full 15 days and then go from there.”