The Nationals have endured a constant stream of injuries this season, but none as bizarre as their latest.
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.