Washington Nationals News: Aaron Barrett seeking answers to elbow issue

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! 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 injured reliever Aaron Barrett. As Ladson notes, Barrett was transferred to the 60-day disabled list yesterday with a sprained right elbow that has been ailing him for two weeks.

As Ladson writes in his article, Barett is still looking for answers as to what exactly is wrong with his elbow. The right-hander will receive a third opinion and hope to find some of those answers on Monday.

Barrett has struggled at times with the Nationals this season and was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse on April 6, a day before he was placed on the disabled list. In 40 games with the Nationals this season, Barrett is 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA.

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Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes has several injury updates for the Nationals, including why Reed Johnson‘s rehab assignment with Class A Potomac has slowed a bit in recent days.

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.

Barrett seeking answers to elbow issue

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After Trea Turner was called up to the big leagues, the Nationals placed Aaron Barrett on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow.

Barrett is getting a third opinion on the elbow and hopes to get an answer on what’s wrong Monday. He is not expected to be back with the team any time soon.

“Obviously, my elbow is sore at the moment. I’m getting all the testing that I can get, seeing all the doctors I need to see and make the right decision moving forward. That’s all I can really tell you right now. I’m going to see another doctor soon.” Read full article here.

Injury roundup: Reed Johnson’s progress slows, Denard Span and Dan Uggla continue their rehabs

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

As Aaron Barrett awaits another opinion on his elbow and all continues to move forward for Denard Span and Dan Uggla, the biggest Nationals injury news from Saturday surrounds Reed Johnson, the veteran outfielder who could provide key at bats off the bench late in the season.

Johnson has been on rehab assignment with Class A Potomac for 10 days, played in five games and gotten 16 at-bats. He is taping the left foot on which he had surgery to repair a torn tendon. The tape is more mental, he said, because from his perspective, the foot is healed. Nationals Manager Matt Williams said earlier this week that Johnson just needs to accumulate innings in the field to ensure his foot can withstand the rigors and that he is conditioned enough to do so, too. Read full article here.

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