The Washington Nationals are playing good baseball of late, but they’ll have to continue their solid play while dealing with some injuries. What else is new, right?
Nats place Zimmerman on DL, recall Walters
DENVER — Just as the Nationals were beginning to experience life with a fully healthy lineup, Ryan Zimmerman headed back to the disabled list Wednesday with what has been deemed a “substantial” right hamstring strain.
Zimmerman will make his second appearance on the DL this season. He previously missed 44 games with a fractured right thumb.
“It’s tough, but those are things that happen,” Zimmerman said after the Nationals’ 6-4 loss to the Rockies. “There’s nothing you can really do about it. There’s no reason to pout or feel sorry for yourself. I’m going to be here for these guys. We’re playing good baseball. I think we’ll continue to do that until I get back, and hopefully I’ll get back sooner rather than later.” Read full article here.
Nats expect rest to cure Werth’s sore knee
DENVER — After a long night of chasing extra-base hits deep into the expansive corner of right field, Jayson Werth woke up with a sore right knee Wednesday.
“He texted me this morning saying that he woke up feeling pretty bad,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “He’s available, certainly. It’s nothing big.”
But with Washington scheduled for an off-day Thursday, Williams decided to hold Werth out of Wednesday’s lineup so he could rest the “barking” knee. Read full article here.
Nats farmhand Cole exhibiting elite command
Right-hander A.J. Cole, the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect, threw seven strong innings on Wednesday, leading Triple-A Syracuse to a 5-0 victory at Buffalo.
Cole, ranked No. 54 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, struck out six batters, walked none and allowed three hits. Wednesday marked his third straight start without issuing a walk, a streak that spans 20 innings.
Cole began the season with Double-A Harrisburg and earned a promotion in late June after posting a 2.92 ERA and a 61-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 71 innings. Read full article here.