NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals should get their full complement of relievers back on Wednesday with Sean Burnett likely to be cleared to return to action.
Burnett has been dealing with some soreness in his left elbow, perhaps a nerve irritation, since at least the All-Star break but the Nationals believe a new anti-inflammatory medicine has helped calm the issue and allow Burnett to pitch without as much pain.
“Sean wanted to be available (Tuesday),” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “But we’re going to watch him play catch and I won’t use him (Tuesday). He’ll be available (Wednesday).”
– The Nationals wore their blue patriotic uniforms on the road for the first time on Tuesday, taking park, along with the Mets, in honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In that vein, Johnson spent time Tuesday morning at a charity event in the financial district, hanging out with Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez, among other celebrities, as part of Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day.
“There were a ton of people in the financial district going by the site,” Johnson said. “It was nice to be there.”