Glover to have MRI on right elbow

Sanchez, Suzuki scheduled to debut Tuesday

February 25th, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Koda Glover is scheduled to have an MRI Monday on his right elbow. Glover exited Sunday’s game with right elbow tightness.

“We’ll find out more hopefully sometime this evening,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez.

Obviously, Martinez is hopeful that the injury is minor, but he does feel like the staff has capable arms to fill in if there becomes a need.

“I do feel like the guys we have at camp could potentially do the job,” Martinez said. “Right now I like [non-roster invitee J.J.] Hoover. He’s doing well. Obviously, we have [Justin] Miller, [Wander] Suero, [Jimmy] Cordero. I like all those guys.

“We’ll see what happens with the MRI and go from there.”

Glover has found himself on the injured list three times in the past two years and was hopeful to start the 2019 season healthy.

“He’s worked really hard,” Martinez said. “Hopefully this is a minor setback for him. He was a little frustrated. I told him not to get all riled up right now, we’ll see what’s going on.”

In three seasons with the Nats, Glover has appeared in 63 games, all in relief, compiling a 3-4 record with a 4.55 ERA. He’s coming off his best season. Last year Glover appeared in 21 games and over 16 1/3 innings, turned in an ERA of 3.31. Opposing batters hit just .217 off Glover last season.

Sanchez, Suzuki to debut on Tuesday

Anibal Sanchez will take the mound on Tuesday and Kurt Suzuki will catch him. Both will be making their Grapefruit League debuts.

Ryan Zimmerman is slated to see his first Spring Training game at first base but was under the weather on Monday, so that initial start this spring could be delayed.

Gomes makes the trip to catch Corbin

Catcher Yan Gomes made the long bus ride to be the batterymate to starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who made his Nationals debut Monday with two scoreless innings. Gomes went 0-for-2.

Martinez wanted Gomes to get a good feel for what Corbin wants to do on the mound. “[Gomes] was all in,” Martinez said. “It’s good that they work together.”

Gomes was acquired from Cleveland on Nov. 30. He hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBIs and scored 52 runs in 112 games with the Indians. He led American League catchers (minimum 400 at-bats) in on-base percentage (.313), OPS (.762), doubles (26) and batting average (.266). He tied for first in runs scored (52) and ranked second in slugging percentage (.449).

Kieboom gets looks at second base

Non-roster invitee Carter Kieboom is a natural shortstop but playing second base can only add value in his effort to stick in the big leagues. He started at second on Monday, playing six innings and going 0-for-2 with a walk.

“He’s definitely going to play some short, and he’s more comfortable at short, but we [also] want to see him at second base,” Martinez said. “We really believe that he can play second base and we want to get him comfortable over there.

“Regardless of what happens, he’s going to have to play some second base as well. So the more he plays over there, the better his footwork is.”

Still just 21 years old, Kieboom has hit .279 over three Minor League seasons. In 847 total at-bats, he’s hit 29 homers with 129 RBIs.

Up next

Anibal Sanchez makes his spring debut on Tuesday when the Nationals host St. Louis at 1:05 p.m. ET in West Palm Beach. Sanchez signed a two-year deal with the Nats on Dec. 27 after going 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Braves in 2018.