Injuries & Moves: Abrams returns to lineup; Cavalli makes rehab start

June 22nd, 2024


June 21: SS (cyst in left wrist) returns to lineup
Abrams returned for the series opener in Denver on Friday. He was sidelined Wednesday and Thursday because of left wrist discomfort. An MRI on Wednesday revealed a small ganglion cyst.

“It can’t get worse, so I’ll be in there today,” said Abrams.

June 21: RHP pitches three scoreless in rehab start
Cavalli, the Nationals’ No. 5 prospect, pitched for High-A Wilmington on Friday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He threw three scoreless frames with no hits, one walk and three strikeouts across 35 pitches (25 strikes).

10-day/15-day injured list

1B (left hamstring strain)
Expected return:
An MRI on June 14 revealed a “significant” left hamstring strain, per manager Dave Martinez. There is no timeframe for his return. Gallo remained in Washington, D.C., to continue his rehab while the Nationals went on a three-city road trip to Denver, San Diego and Tampa. Gallo sustained the injury while running out an at-bat to first base on June 12. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (right flexor muscle strain)
Expected return: TBD
Williams is traveling on the road with the Nationals. He has not been cleared for throwing, but manager Dave Martinez said “he has no discomfort, which is great.” Williams was placed on the 15-day injured list on June 4, retroactive to June 1. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (right elbow/forearm flexor strain)
Expected return: First half of season
The plan is for the right-handed pitcher, who was placed on the IL on April 9 (retroactive to April 6), to pitch six ups and stretch him out to about 90 pitches.

He made his third rehab start on June 19 with Double-A Harrisburg. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out five batters. Other than some regular throwing soreness, the right-hander said his body is responding to the build up very well.

“[I’m] just going to be receptive to what they have for me and where they see my progress going,” Gray said. (Last updated: June 20)

60-day IL

RHP (Tommy John surgery; No. 5 on Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list)
Expected return: July
Cavalli pitched three innings without allowing a hit or a run on June 21 with the High-A Blue Rocks. He issued one walk and struck out three batters. Cavalli underwent Tommy John surgery on March 22, 2023. (Last updated: June 21)

LHP (teres major strain)
Expected return: Second half of season
Ferrer is continuing his recovery at the Nationals' training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla. He is throwing in the 96 to 99 mph range in his bullpen sessions, manager Dave Martinez said June 21. Ferrer was placed on the 60-day IL on March 24. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2025
Thompson, 26, underwent his second Tommy John surgery on March 1 after previously undergoing the procedure in high school. He was placed on the 60-day IL on March 24. (Last updated: March 24)