Washington Nationals News: Aaron Barrett begins recovery from surgery

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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 there web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jacob Emert discusses injured reliever Aaron Barrett. As Emert notes, Barrett—who has not pitched in a game since Aug. 5—underwent successful Tommy John surgery yesterday and will likely miss at least the next 12 months.

The Nationals originally optioned Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse after the right-hander struggled on the mound throughout the second half. But when it became known that Barrett was having problems with his throwing elbow, the Nationals voided the demotion and instead placed the him on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow.

According to Emert, Barrett consulted with various doctors before finally deciding to undergo the surgery. Tommy John surgery usually takes pitchers a year to recover from, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see Barrett back on a big league mound until at least September of 2016 and possibly not until Spring Training of 2017.

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Prior to landing on the disabled list, Barrett had a 4.60 ERA out of the ‘pen for the Nationals this season, striking out 35 batters over 29 1/3 innings of work.

Also in today’s Daily, James Wagner of the Washington Post discusses the impressive season of Nationals prospect Victor Robles.

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

Barrett begins recovery from surgery

(Jacob Emert, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday, manager Matt Williams announced Friday, beginning the long road back to a Major League mound.

Barrett, 27, last pitched on Aug. 5, when he was tagged for four hits and three runs in one-third of an inning against Arizona. He was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse the following day, but that transaction was quickly voided, and he was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow. Read full article here.

Victor Robles, an 18-year-old Nationals outfield prospect, quickly drawing attention

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

Before the season began, Nationals assistant general manager of player development Doug Harris often was asked about the organization’s prospects. And among the players he would mention was a young outfielder named Victor Robles. “They would kinda look at you funny, ‘Oh okay,’” Harris said.

But the Nationals saw raw ability and potential in Robles , who signed for $225,000 out of the Dominican Republic at age 16 in 2013. And this season, his first time playing in the United States, Robles has gone from relative unknown to fast-rising prospect. Even though he is only at short season rookie ball Auburn, Robles skyrocketed up Baseball America’s mid-season prospect rankings, and MLB.com moved the 18-year-old outfielder to No. 7 among Nationals’ prospects. Read full article here.

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