Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez’s guide for rehabbing pitchers

Hunter Harvey underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in 2016, and the 27-year-old righty handled indirect and lat strains in 2021, so the Washington Nationals, who chosen him off waivers this spring, had been making an attempt to deal with the hard-throwing reliever rigorously, even earlier than damage considerations got here up this week and he landed on the 10-Day IL.

Harvey felt one thing in his proper arm earlier this week, and he spoke as much as let his new membership know he didn’t really feel proper, explaining to reporters he’d tried to pitch by means of the same subject previously and had triggered extra harm.

“I talked to him final evening after the sport for a short while,” Nats’ supervisor Davey Martinez stated, “and I believe over the previous years he was reluctant to ever say something about his accidents, and it might need value him a couple of months right here and there, however I’m glad he was sensible sufficient to say he felt one thing, and I instructed him, ‘You understand what that’s known as? Maturity.’ You understand? Should you’re damage, you’re damage, and we have now individuals right here who may aid you get higher prior to later, so he was glad that he stated one thing and he’s very hopeful that it’s nothing main and that he can come again and assist us as quickly as doable, which might be nice.”

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Gamers being reluctant to confess there’s something incorrect and making an attempt to work by means of it’s nothing new, in fact, however Martinez stated he knew what was behind the motivation to push by means of points.

“Completely,” he defined. “These guys are constructed to need to play and compete, and once they get a possibility to play — and particularly lots of it, on a brand new group too, and wanting to assist us and need to do nicely for us, and so they really feel one thing, typically they don’t need to say, ‘Hey, look.’ However as I’ve stated all alongside, even in Spring Coaching, if there’s one thing bothering you, tell us immediately, as a result of it could possibly be a two or three day factor, a 10-day factor, and for those who don’t converse up, it could possibly be a month, a two-month lengthy factor, so tell us immediately. We’re right here that will help you. I do know you need to assist us, however we’re additionally right here that will help you get by means of issues.’ However I’m glad he spoke up although, as a result of along with his previous historical past, if he would have tried to pitch with that, and one thing actually unhealthy occurred, and I came upon that he stated that he felt it earlier than, for me, that’s upsetting, so I don’t need these guys to ever really feel like they will’t converse up.”

As soon as they do acknowledge a difficulty, and if it does land them on the IL, how does the Nationals’ supervisor need gamers to spend their time rehabbing?

Along with doing their work, he stated he actually desires them to give attention to the video games, and visualize how they’d deal with hitters or conditions they may discover themselves in as soon as they return.

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“I would like them to observe the sport, I would like them to see what different pitchers are doing to assault hitters,” he defined, “as a result of ultimately he’s going to need to pitch once more and face the identical batters, so oftentimes I inform them to place your self in a state of affairs that you just suppose that you just’re going to be in and watch these group of hitters, and study from them. Be taught what we’re making an attempt to do to them. Sit within the conferences, lots of occasions I would like them to only sit within the conferences when we have now conferences to allow them to hear in order that once they come again they’re not that far eliminated.”

Remaining engaged, Martinez stated is an efficient strategy to keep targeted, and can, he hopes, ease the transition when they’re able to return.

“I don’t need them simply sitting round,” he stated. “These guys come right here early and do their rehab, after which after that, they will be a part of the conferences, they will speak, you realize, and in the event that they received one thing to say to someone that’s really taking part that day, about what they suppose they see, converse up. It’s good for them to work together with gamers regardless that they’re not taking part, however it retains them engaged, and I like that.”


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