Washington Nationals News: Aaron Barrett recovering from ankle surgery


Today’s District Daily discusses Aaron Barrett’s recent ankle surgery and the Washington Nationals’ need for a second baseman.

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In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the injury status of Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett. As Ladson writes in his article, Barrett is recovering from ankle surgery that he underwent earlier this month, along with Tommy John surgery that he underwent at the end of the season.

Barrett revealed the ankle injury during the Nationals’ Winterfest on Sunday. The right-hander was already expected to be out until next September after the elbow surgery, so it makes sense that he decided to address the ankle issue — which has been bothering him since 2014 — while he recovers from Tommy John.

Barrett, who has been a mainstay in the Nationals bullpen for most of the last couple of seasons, dealt with injuries and inconsistency in 2015. He ended his season at 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA and underwent Tommy John surgery in early September.

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Also in today’s Daily, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal discusses the Nationals’ desire for a second baseman, particularly one who bats left-handed. Rosenthal discusses free agent Kelley Johnson as an option for the Nationals, who are in need of a middle infielder after trading Yunel Escobar to the Angels last week.

In his tweets below, Rosenthal also notes that star prospect Trea Turner could join the Nationals midseason. Danny Espinosa would start the year at shortstop and could then platoon with whomever the Nationals might acquire at second base.

Nats’ Barrett recovering from ankle surgery

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett isn’t just recovering from Tommy John surgery. He revealed at Winterfest on Sunday that he had bone chip and spurs removed from his left ankle on Dec. 3. Barrett was using a motorized scooter to get around the festivities.

Barrett has had problems with the ankle since 2014, and knew about the injury after having an MRI last December. But he decided to get the surgery earlier this month since he is still recovering from right elbow reconstruction, a procedure he had in early September. Barrett is hoping to be back in the Major Leagues sometime next September. Read full article here.

Nats reportedly want to add left-handed hitting second baseman