Henry Rodriguez slams finger in door, could pitch Friday


(Al Behrman/AP)

After the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, Manager Davey Johnson revealed Henry Rodriguez had slammed a bathroom door shut on his right index finger.

Rodriguez played catch wearing a protective rubber covering over his swollen finger, but he was unavailable to pitch Wednesday night. Johnson hopes Rodriguez will be able to pitch if needed Friday.

“Hopefully we’ll get a little healthier,” Johnson said.

In the Nationals clubhouse afterward, Bryce Harper limped around on his right ankle. Harper had fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning. He writhed in the batter’s box dirt for a moment, grabbing his ankle. But he stayed in the game and showed no ill effects. Johnson did expect Harper to be bothered by it.

“You can’t hurt him,” Johnson said.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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