Washington Nationals News: Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero’s harrowing two weeks


Good afternoon DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before the Nationals look to earn a series win tonight against the Marlins, get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner discusses Felipe Rivero‘s painful injury. As Wagner notes in his article, the injury is not for the faint of heart, so feel free to skip over the next few paragraphs.

As Wagner notes, Rivero was placed on the disabled list shortly after making his MLB debut with what the Nationals originally called “GI bleed”, or gastrointestinal bleeding. According to Wagner, however, Rivero’s injury was much worse — he had a stomach ulcer that burst.

Fortunately, Rivero received treatment for the ulcer and is feeling better, but it’s still unclear when he will return to baseball activities.

Also in today’s Daily, Wagner discusses Nationals pitching prospects Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, both of whom have joined Class-A Potomac and are set to make their 2015 debuts later this week. As Wagner notes, Lopez will start on Wednesday and Giolito will take the mound on Friday.

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Of course, Lopez and Giolito are two of the team’s most promising young pitching prospects and it’s great to see them finally making their regular season debuts. It’ll be interesting to see how far they progress as the season goes on.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Not for the faint of heart: Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero’s harrowing two weeks

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

If you just ate or are squeamish, stop reading this now. The past two weeks for Washington Nationals left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero have been harrowing. He surprisingly landed on the disabled list on April 22 after making only one appearance, his major league debut only a few days earlier. The injury that put him there was announced by the Nationals as “GI bleed,” essentially gastrointestinal bleeding.

But, in reality, it was worse than it sounded. Rivero first noticed something was wrong on April 21. He was at a team event earlier in the day and felt faint. During the game, he got up to warm up. The 23-year-old said he threw two pitches and went to throw up. The color was black because of blood.

“I tried to stay calm to not make it worse,” Rivero said in Spanish on Monday. Read full article here.

Prized pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez joining Potomac

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

Two of the Nationals’ top pitching prospects, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, will finally begin their seasons at Class A Potomac, according to a person familiar with the situation. Both are planning to join Potomac on Tuesday, but an official announcement is expected later.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Potomac made the move official on Tuesday night, announcing that Lopez will make his first start Wednesday and Giolito on Friday.

Giolito, considered among the best minor league arms in all of baseball, and Lopez, another hard-throwing right-hander, stayed at the spring training complex in Viera, Fla., after camp broke. Because both pitchers hit their innings limits last season, the Nationals wanted them to begin their preseason programs under their supervision. Read full article here.

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