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Injuries & Moves: Kieboom to undergo Tommy John surgery

May 20, 2022

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

Bell (left knee) exits in loss, OK after MRI

Nats first baseman has hit safely in 12 of 14 games, back in lineup Thursday
April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON -- First it was their top reliever. Then on Wednesday night, injury concern centered around one of the Nationals’ top hitters. Washington had placed left-hander Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list prior to its 11-2 loss to the D-backs after an MRI revealed a left elbow sprain. Then,

Doolittle (left elbow sprain) sidetracked by IL stint

April 20, 2022

WASHINGTON -- Sean Doolittle is back with the Nationals in the city he loves and where he enjoyed his best baseball memories, and the southpaw was off to a tremendous start this season. So soreness in his left elbow was an unwelcome development. In Game 1 of a doubleheader against

Mets-Nats benches clear after Lindor beaned

April 9, 2022

WASHINGTON -- It was Buck Showalter who sprang out of the dugout first, jawing at Nationals reliever Steve Cishek as he stalked directly toward him. Francisco Lindor, who had been struck on the C-flap of his helmet with an 88 mph Cishek fastball, was still lying facedown on the dirt.

Nats' 3B situation with Kieboom (forearm) out

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March 21, 2022

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Carter Kieboom was almost at the end of his pregame fielding drills on Friday afternoon when, suddenly, something didn’t feel quite right in his throwing elbow. The discomfort was perplexing -- Kieboom had warmed up beforehand, and he hadn’t had any previous right elbow injuries.

Ross appears likely to avoid surgery

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August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals received encouraging news on Joe Ross: The right-hander will not require surgery after he sustained a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Saturday, when he threw a scheduled bullpen session. Following an evaluation in Texas by Dr. Keith Meister, who

Turner exits early after positive COVID-19 test

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July 28, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Trea Turner departed Tuesday's 6-4 victory against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in the first inning after testing positive for COVID-19, per MLB protocols. The 28-year-old shortstop legged out an infield single in the top of the frame, then went first-to-third on Juan Soto's ground-ball single to

Strasburg faces season-ending surgery

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July 28, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight year, Stephen Strasburg's season has come to a premature end as a result of a lingering injury concern. It was announced on Tuesday that Strasburg will undergo season-ending surgery to address a neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). He'll undergo the procedure in Dallas. “It

Scherzer (triceps) 'just wants to compete'

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July 26, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- Two days after being scratched from his scheduled start Saturday, Max Scherzer threw a 40-pitch bullpen session without any immediate issues prior to Monday's series opener against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Though the right-hander said he felt fine as he walked off the field, he wanted

Scherzer scratched due to triceps discomfort

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July 24, 2021

BALTIMORE -- Nationals ace Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday against the Orioles due to mild right triceps discomfort related to hitting. Left-hander Jon Lester started in Scherzer's place. Scherzer said he felt the discomfort after taking batting practice on Tuesday. He completed his 40-pitch bullpen

Schwarber to 10-day IL with hamstring strain

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July 3, 2021

Nationals slugger Kyle Schwarber will miss significant time due to a hamstring injury. In Friday’s 10-5 loss to the Dodgers, the left fielder exited in the second inning after he felt a pop in his hamstring. “I hit the ball and thought it was a good chance to try to

Schwarber latest victim of Nats' 'injury rat'

Left fielder exits loss with right hamstring injury, will undergo MRI
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July 3, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Hot-hitting Kyle Schwarber exited Friday’s 10-5 loss to the Dodgers in the second inning with a right hamstring injury. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday morning to determine the extent. After singling to center field, the Nats' left fielder rounded first base and pulled up with visible

Finnegan (hamstring) to IL alters Nats' 'pen

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June 22, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals' bullpen took another hit on Tuesday when the club placed right-hander Kyle Finnegan on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. Though Finnegan tossed a quick scoreless inning in his last appearance on Sunday against the Mets, he tweaked his hamstring on the

Scherzer on IL with groin inflammation

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June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday, with groin inflammation. He will miss Wednesday's scheduled start against the Pirates. “I just want to be more cautious than not,” manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday afternoon. “This is an injury that, right

Scherzer tweaks groin 12 pitches into Nats' L

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June 12, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer felt optimistic after exiting Friday’s start against the Giants having thrown just 12 pitches. His early departure was caused by a tweak in his groin, and an MRI showed there was inflammation but no muscle strain. “It’s really best-case scenario in terms of what the injury

'It stinks': HBP breaks Voth's nose, Nats lose

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June 6, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals knew going into Sunday’s game they would be making multiple calls to the ‘pen. But their plans for a bullpen day against the Phillies quickly turned into a long afternoon filled with visits to the mound in a 12-6 loss that saw seven pitching appearances and

Stras (neck) heads to IL for second time

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June 3, 2021

ATLANTA -- For the second time this season, Stephen Strasburg is sidelined on the injured list. The Nationals placed the right-hander on the 10-day IL on Wednesday evening because of a neck strain, one day after he exited Tuesday’s start against the Braves after throwing just 30 pitches across 1

Harris to have surgery, could miss rest of '21

Right-hander to undergo procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome on Friday
@savjaye
May 30, 2021

Nationals reliever Will Harris will undergo surgery Friday for thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition where blood vessels or nerves in the space between an individual's collarbone and first rib are compressed. Harris could miss the remainder of the season, according to manager Dave Martinez. During Spring Training, Harris was diagnosed

Stras on return: 'Just needed to get out there'

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May 22, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Thirty-one games had passed with Stephen Strasburg looking on from a distance. For over a month, he rehabbed, threw bullpens and sim games and traveled to Trenton, N.J., to complete a Triple-A assignment. By Friday, he was ready to be reinstated from the injured list, and that eagerness

Nationals player tests positive for COVID-19

Fedde, Rainey placed on IL without injury designation
@ryan_a_herrera
May 19, 2021

Two hours before Wednesday’s scheduled first pitch between the Nationals and the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Washington had uncharacteristically still not released a lineup. During his pregame Zoom session, Nationals manager Dave Martinez revealed why: a player had tested positive for COVID-19, and another player was deemed a close contact

Notes: Strasburg update; Turner locked in

@jessicacamerato
May 17, 2021

One day after making a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester, Stephen Strasburg has rejoined the Nationals at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session of 50-55 pitches on Tuesday before the Nats take on the Cubs. Sidelined since mid-April because of right shoulder inflammation,

Strasburg set to make rehab start at Triple-A

Right-hander will pitch for Rochester on Sunday; Corbin goes on paternity list
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May 14, 2021

Stephen Strasburg is checking off the next box toward his return from the injured list. The Nationals right-hander is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings against the Buffalo Bisons in Trenton, N.J. Strasburg has been on the IL since April 18 (retroactive

Notes: Stras sharp in sim game; Suero close

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May 11, 2021

The Nationals were encouraged after starter Stephen Strasburg exceeded his original workload in a simulated game on Tuesday at Nationals Park. The right-hander, who has been on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation since April 18 (retroactive to April 15), was slated to throw three innings. Instead, he

Suero, Strasburg making strides in recovery

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May 7, 2021

The Nationals are getting one step closer to the return of reliever Wander Suero. The reliable right-hander joined the Nats on their trip to Yankee Stadium, where they opened a three-game series on Friday. Suero is scheduled to go through his throwing program and then join the Rochester Red Wings,

Harris overcomes medical mystery, debuts

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May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Will Harris wasn’t sure where he would be five weeks into the season, but making his 2021 debut didn't top his “most likely scenario” list. The veteran right-handed reliever was activated from the IL (right hand inflammation) on Tuesday, after a roller coaster six weeks filled with looking