As of May 5, the Washington Nationals only have one of their opening day infielders on the active roster. They are also down a starting outfielder, and two more prominent bench players are also out, not to mention the disaster that is the bullpen.
Trea Turner: Shortstop, Broken Finger
Turner was the first one to fall, breaking his right index finger when he was hit by a pitch on April 3. He was given a recovery timeline of four to eight weeks, and it has been just over one month since then. He has not thrown a baseball or swung a bat, but he is no longer in a cast, and the team is saying he should begin baseball activities again soon.
Anthony Rendon: Third Base, Bruised Elbow
Rendon’s injury is turning out to be worse than initially thought. He got hit in the left elbow by a pitch on April 20, but only went on the IL on April 30, retroactive to April 27. Initially, he was just day-to-day, but after he missed seven of eight games in a row, the concern grew. The team has reiterated that it just a bruise, but he has experienced swelling and will need to wait until it subsides before he can return.
Ryan Zimmerman: First Base, Plantar Fasciitis
Zimmerman first felt pain during a game on April 23, and it turns out that an old problem has resurfaced. In 2015, he missed time with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, but this time it is in his left foot. He went on the IL on April 28, retroactive to April 26, but the team has not released an estimate for when he might return.
Matt Adams: First Base, Jammed Shoulder
Adams was filling in for Zimmerman until he made a dove awkwardly into the first base bag on May 4, and left the game early. The team is saying that he strained his left shoulder and put him on the IL on May 5. X-rays were negative, but a timeline has not been released.
Juan Soto: Outfielder, Back Spasms
Soto was a late scratch from the lineup on May 1, when he felt tightness in his back during batting practice. The team initially said it was a precautionary scratch, but he missed the next two games as well and was placed on the IL on May 4, retroactive to May 1. They seem to think he will only need 10 days and should be ready to go upon activation, but only time will tell.
Michael A. Taylor: Outfielder, Jammed Wrist
Taylor finally got back into the lineup when Soto went down, after missing the beginning of the season with hip and knee injuries, but he also got hurt on May 4. He twisted his wrist making a diving play in the outfield and left the game. He has not been placed on the IL yet, but is not in the lineup. Hopefully, it will just be a few days, but the way these other injuries are turning out, he might also be in for a long recovery.
Trevor Rosenthal: Reliever, Illness
Rosenthal, of the infamous 72.00 ERA contrasted a nasty stomach bug around April 19, and he lost 10 pounds in five days. He officially went on the IL on April 25, but of course, no timetable was given. Presumably, he will need to regain those 10 pounds and complete a rehab assignment before he can think about coming back.
Austen Williams: Reliever, Sprained Shoulder
Williams made a total of two appearances on April 26 and 27, and somehow beat Rosenthal’s ERA by posting his own of 162.00, giving up six earned runs in one-third of an inning. After that, the team announced he had a sprained right AC joint and was placed on the IL. There hasn’t been any news about when he might be back, but shoulder injuries and pitchers do not go well together.
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