Washington Nationals News: Jonathan Papelbon hoping to start rehab stint Monday
Today’s District Daily discusses Stephen Strasburg missing yet another start and injured Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon nearing a rehab assignment.
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 has an update on injured Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. As Ladson writes, Papelbon is feeling better and hopes to start a rehab assignment on Monday.
According to Ladson, the right-hander had no problems after throwing his first bullpen session on Saturday. Papelbon, who has been on the disabled list since June 12, threw 40 pitches in the session.
Here’s what Papelbon had to say about his bullpen session, via Ladson’s article:
"“The ball was flying everywhere,” Papelbon said “I felt really good and that’s the only thing that really matters. I’m starting to feel better as it goes on. I made some really good pitches and some really bad ones, which I expected. I pushed myself to see how far I could take it. I’m pretty exhausted now.”"
Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs has some bad news about Stephen Strasburg, who was expected to make tomorrow’s start after missing last Monday’s start with a back injury. As Stubbs writes, the injury resurfaced and Strasburg will be unavailable tomorrow.
It’s a big setback for the Nationals, who were hoping their 10-0 ace could help them snap out of their seven-game losing streak tomorrow against the Brewers. Tanner Roark gets the start tomorrow in Strasburg’s place.
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.
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Papelbon hoping to start rehab stint Monday
MILWAUKEE — Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, who is on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, had no problems in his first bullpen session, which he threw before Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Papelbon threw 40 pitches on Saturday, and he hopes to start a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Potomac. First, however, he had to tell general manager Mike Rizzo how he felt. Read full article here.
Stephen Strasburg won’t make start Sunday against Brewers, is listed as day-to-day
(Roman Stubbs, Washington Post)
MILWAUKEE — After the Nationals lost their seventh straight game on Saturday, manager Dusty Baker announced that Stephen Strasburg will not pitch against the Brewers on Sunday, as previously scheduled. Strasburg’s upper back problems flared up during warmups before the 6-5 loss to Milwaukee.
With Strasburg out, it means right-hander Tanner Roark will make the start. Because of the off-day this past Thursday, Roark is able to take his turn on regular rest. Read full article here.