MIAMI — The Washington Nationals’ 2012 injury saga took another somewhat unbelievable turn Wednesday when right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez slammed the base of his right index finger in the bathroom door.
Rodriguez wore a protective rubber brace to hold down the swelling on Wednesday and he did throw, but it was painful. He was not available in the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins. The Nationals are hopeful he will be fine to pitch on Friday.
“He slammed it in the bathroom door or something,” Johnson said. “Hopefully it’ll be all right Friday.”
Rodriguez was recently removed from the closer role after a difficult stretch in which he couldn’t seem to combat wildness and was ineffective at protecting Nationals’ leads on several occasions. The Nationals were hoping to use him in a less demanding role for a while to help rebuild his confidence and bide time for closer Drew Storen to return.
– In other injury news: Bryce Harper appeared to be in significant pain when he fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning Wednesday night but he shook it off, flied out to deep left, stayed in the game and Johnson said after the game that he was fine.