Injuries & Moves: Nats taking it slow with Strasburg

June 24th, 2022

Keep track of the Nationals’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

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10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (stress reaction of the ribs)
Expected return:
TBD
There is no timetable for Strasburg’s return after he was placed on the 15-day injured list on June 14 (retroactive to June 11) with a stress reaction in his second and third ribs that is related to his thoracic outlet recovery, which sidelined him for over a year.

“He can’t do anything until he’s pain free and feeling good. He’s not there yet,” GM Mike Rizzo said June 24. “There’s no rush to kind of put a plan together.” -- Arianna Vedia and Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 24)

RHP (left knee inflammation)
Expected return: June
Arano was placed on the 15-day IL on June 7 after exiting in the eighth inning in Cincinnati on June 5. After being limited to throwing while sitting down, Arano was cleared to throw standing up on June 22. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 22)

LHP Evan Lee (left flexor strain)
Expected return: July
Lee was placed on the 15-day injured list on June 18 after exiting a June 17 relief appearance following a pair of wild pitches in the seventh inning. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 18)

LHP Josh Rogers (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Late June/early July
Rogers will begin a rehab assignment at the Nationals’ training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he will get stretched out to throw multiple innings. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on June 3. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 15)

60-day IL

RHP Sean Doolittle (left elbow sprain)
Expected return:
TBD
Doolittle, who was placed on the IL on April 20, is throwing at a distance of 120 feet. “He says he feels really good,” manager Dave Martinez said. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 22)

RHP Mason Thompson (right biceps strain)
Expected return:
TBD
Thompson, who was placed on the IL on April 10 and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 10, threw one scoreless inning for Triple-A Rochester on June 22 as he progressed in his rehab assignment. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 22)

RHP Aníbal Sánchez (cervical nerve impingement)
Expected return:
TBD
Sánchez will begin his rehab assignment in Florida at the Nats’ training complex. He threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session on June 15 at Nationals Park. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 15)

RHP Hunter Harvey (right pronator strain)
Expected return:
TBD
Harvey, who was placed on the injured list on April 21, was transferred to the 60-day IL on June 14. He is playing catch and throwing bullpen sessions at the Nats’ training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., but he has not faced hitters. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 14)

RHP Joe Ross (right elbow surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Ross underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career on June 10. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: June 10)

3B (right forearm flexor mass/ulnar collateral ligament strain)
Expected return:
2023
Kieboom underwent successful Tommy John surgery on May 27. Manager Dave Martinez said the club is eyeing Kieboom’s return to full health in time for Spring Training 2023. “Surgery went well,” Martinez said Saturday. “He says he feels as good as expected. They thought everything went well so now it's just about resting and getting him on a program to start rehabbing as soon as possible. It's a long road ahead of him. He's got to put the work in." -- Byron Kerr (Last updated: May 28)

RHP Will Harris (right pectoral surgery)
Expected return: First half of the season
Harris is throwing at a distance of 60 feet at the Nationals’ training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: May 20)

LHP Seth Romero (left calf strain)
Expected return:
First half of season
Romero was sidelined by a stiff back during Spring Training. On April 7, he was recalled and placed on the 60-day IL because of a left calf strain. A first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by Washington, Romero has appeared in three games on the Major League level, most recently in ‘20. -- Jessica Camerato (Last updated: April 7)