Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before tonight’s game against the Orioles, get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses how three of the Nationals’ injured players are making progress and nearing a return from the disabled list. As Ladson notes, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth are all progressing well in their recoveries.
Needless to say, this is great news for the Nationals. All three players have missed a significant amount of time on the disabled list this season and while none of them is expected to come back in the immediate future, the fact that all three appear to be making progress without any setbacks is very encouraging for a team which has been hit hard by injuries this season.
Zimmerman has been on the disabled list for a month with plantar fascitiis while Rendon is on the disabled list for the second time this season, this time with a left quad strain. As Ladson notes in his article, both Zimmerman and Rendon took grounders and took batting practice before yesterday’s game against the Orioles.
Werth, who has been on the disabled list since May, is ramping up his workouts at the Nationals’ Spring Training facility in Viera, Fla. According to Ladson, Werth has been doing outfield drills and swinging a fungo bat. The outfielder is recovering from two small fractures in his wrist, and could be back by August 1.
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Hopefully for the Nationals, all three players will be back with the big league club sooner, rather than later. The Nationals haven’t had a full-strength lineup all season long, and there’s no better time to get fully healthy than the second half of a season as the race for the NL East heats up.
Also in today’s Daily, Ladson discusses how Denard Span is thankful that his back injury isn’t severe. While the Nationals placed Span on the disabled list with back tightness, his back is structurally sound and the tightness should dissipate with rest. While Span will be out of the lineup for the near future, the injury could have been much worse and both he and the Nationals are fortunate that it wasn’t.
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.
Trio of injured stars nearing return to Nationals
Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) and Rendon (left quad strain) traveled with the Nationals to Baltimore, and both were seen working out on the field before Friday’s series opener vs. the Orioles — taking grounders and participating in batting practice. Read full article here.
Span thankful for good news on back injury
BALTIMORE — Nationals center fielder Denard Span said Saturday afternoon that he is relieved that his back is structurally sound. The team placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of back tightness.
Span has been dealing with back spasms since June 7 against the Cubs. There were times he would feel better and play a few games, but then the back spasms would reoccur.
Span went to Dallas on Thursday to see a back specialist, who gave him the good news. Read full article here.