The injury news is coming in fast and furious. Unfortunately, it’s all bad.
May 24, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Throughout yesterday’s 6-1 win over the Phillies, Bryce Harper looked gimpy and struggled with his injured left knee. After the game, Davey Johnson announced that he would miss a few days to allow the knee to feel better. He has dealt with it since crashing into the wall in Atlanta in April, but also fouled a pitch off it yesterday’s, which may have exacerbated it. and said that he would play through both pain and swelling in the knee for the rest of the season before getting it looked at in the offseason.
In other news, Davey announced that Ross Detwiler felt more tightness in his side and would be placed on the DL. Since he has not played since May 16th, he will be eligible to return the 30th, which only means that he will not make his next start on Tuesday. The team has not announced who will, but said Zach Duke would be an option. Duke started in Detwiler’s place against the San Francisco Giants and allowed four runs in 3.1 innings. To replace Detwiler on the team’s active roster, they called up lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno from AAA Syracuse. Since being claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros, Cedeño has a 1.74 ERA in 10.1 innings with 14 Ks and 3 BBs.