Megaprospect Bryce Harper has missed the past two games with a jammed thumb. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos said he is OK after fouling pitch off foot and the extent of Rick Ankiel’s injury is unknown.
LaRoche could be facing a three to four month recovery with a cleanup surgery on Thursday, a team doctor said. If its a more extensive surgery that requires more repair, the recovery could last between six and seven months.
The Nationals appear to be leaning toward taking Kansas high school outfielder Bubba Starling with the sixth overall pick in the MLB draft, but the board is shifting as the hours count down to the 7 p.m. start.