Michael Morse watched Wilson Ramos twist his right knee Saturday night, another of his teammates joining him among the Nationals’ players sidelined by injury. He felt sick, and he sent a text message to several of his teammates: “The DL is full. There’s no more room.”
Ramos became the ninth Nationals regular to land on the disabled list. Several are getting closer to a return. Here’s the latest, which, as Manager Davey Johnson said, “could take an hour.”
>>> Brad Lidge played catch for the first time today since undergoing hernia surgery May 1, tossing on flat ground from 60 feet. He is unsure of his timetable to return, but he is aiming for the second or third week in June. The injury did not involve Lidge’s throwing arm, but he is wary of rushing back from any kind of surgery.
“Today was a real good first day of the throwing program,” Lidge said. “I didn’t have surgery on my arm, which obviously will make things go faster. But I can’t just force the issue. I have to let the surgery take and recover.”
>>> Drew Storen also played catch today for the first time since he underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow in early April. He still believes he will return around the all-star break.
>>> Jayson Werth had good news for Johnson today. The Mayo Clinic surgeon who repaired the distal radius fracture in Werth’s left wrist told him that performing the operation so quickly after the break could slice as many as three weeks off Werth’s timetable to return. The typical recovery from his injury takes between 10 and 12 weeks. Werth, then, could be in line for a return in either late July or early August.
>>> Johnson agreed with Morse’s hope that he will return from his strained right lat June 8 in Boston, when he could serve as the Nationals’ designated hitter. Throwing, not swinging, is the problem for Morse, and so he could play in interleague games while also buying more time to build up his arm strength. Morse, Johnson said, played light catch this afternoon and will begin taking dry swings shortly.
>>> Wilson Ramos was scheduled to see team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih tonight at 6. The consultation will determine the extent of Ramos’s torn ACL.