The Nationals have been besieged by injuries this season, with six players currently on the disabled list. Even as the Nationals’ offense has stagnated and the bullpen lost Brad Lidge in addition to Drew Storen, General Manager Mike Rizzo is not looking for outside help in trades.
“With the guys that we have that are coming back, we’re not making a push to look outside ourselves for offense or bullpen,” Rizzo said. “We’re satisfied. We like the club that we have. We just need to get healthy. In the meantime, we need to continue to play good baseball and execute better offensively.”
Here are the latest on where the Nationals’ injured players stand:
>>> Storen has been coming along well from the surgery he underwent in early April to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He hopes to begin throwing soon, but not at least until next week. “I’m excited to get that back in my life,” Storen said.
He has been chest passing medicine balls and, most encouragingly, he already feels full range of motion in his elbow, more than he had before he had the surgery.
“I’m ahead of schedule, I think,” Storen said.
>>> Chien-Ming Wang plans to make his next rehab start Thursday at Class AA Harrisburg. Saturday, he threw 49 pitches in four innings for Class A Potomac. The Nationals will likely allow Wang, who is recovering from a left hamstring strain, to throw roughly 65 pitches Thursday.
>>> Brad Lidge had successful surgery to repair a sports hernia this morning in Philadelphia. Lidge, if all goes well, should be able to begin throwing in roughly three weeks.
>>> Mark DeRosa will need more than the full 15 days on the disabled list, Manager Davey Johnson said.
>>> Michael Morse ran stairs today at Nationals Park, part of his usual routine. He remains in a holding plan for at least another three weeks.