Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Juan Soto sitting again; Jackson Tetreault; rehabbing pitchers + more

Tetreault’s Damage Surprises Supervisor:

Jackson Tetreault felt one thing as he warmed up for Saturday’s begin, however went on the market and struggled along with his command in a comparatively temporary outing, then he knew one thing was unsuitable when he had hassle lifting his arm the subsequent day.

“I feel it’s in all probability one thing that’s been lingering for a short time now,” Tetreault mentioned on Monday, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“I’m simply wanting ahead to coming again robust and wholesome,” he added, “… and believing I’ll be higher after I’m totally wholesome.”

He advised supervisor Davey Martinez the identical.

“I talked to him just a little bit,” Martinez advised reporters earlier than the sequence opener in Philadelphia final evening.

“And he mentioned, ‘I’m going to work actually laborious to get wholesome, and hopefully get again as quickly as attainable,’ however we have been undoubtedly shocked that that’s what it was.”

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Martinez mentioned the primary he heard of a difficulty was when Tetreault confirmed up on the park for the finale with the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Discovering out how dangerous an harm it was shocked him too.

“Completely,” the fifth-year skipper mentioned. “We had no thought. He got here out and he didn’t say something about it. He got here within the subsequent day and mentioned he was fairly sore, so we acquired him an MRI, and as you guys know he has a proper scapular stress fracture, so for me that was a shock, however he’s a troublesome child.”

Martinez and Co. within the Nationals’ entrance workplace have to determine who’s beginning Thursday’s sequence finale with the Phillies now too.

“We’re nonetheless — as you realize we’ve acquired some guys on rehab assignments proper now, we’re going to weigh our choices and provide you with one thing hopefully by Wednesday.”

Rehabbing lefty Josh Rogers went out to Rochester to make a rehab begin, and the skipper in D.C. was requested if he’d think about having him flip round and begin in Residents Financial institution as a substitute.

It didn’t appear to be that was his desire although.

“We’re going to debate it,” Martinez mentioned. “We despatched him out to make that rehab begin. We’re going to speak about it just a little bit right here in a while. I would love him to return and get one other begin, however we’ll see the place we’re at.”

Juan Soto Sits Once more:

Juan Soto performed in 80 of the Nationals’ first 82 video games this season, however he tweaked his left calf in Sunday’s sport in D.C., then sat out the sequence finale with Miami on Monday, and he wasn’t within the beginning lineup for the sequence opener in Philadelphia final evening both.

“After speaking to him final evening, he felt higher, nevertheless it’s nonetheless sore. So I didn’t wish to probability it,” Davey Martinez mentioned earlier than taking up the Phillies. “We’ll let him attempt to get higher. We’ll see the place he’s at. I do know he’s going to take some swings right here in a while, and we’ll see what’s happening and see the place he’s at. However I simply wished to present him one other day, and hopefully tomorrow he can get again and we’ll do some working drills with him and see how he feels.”

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Soto, because the Nationals highlighted in final evening’s Sport Notes, had put collectively a pleasant run in the previous couple of weeks earlier than the harm.

“Soto has hit safely in eight of his final 10 video games video games,” they famous, “going 9-for-26 (.346) with 4 doubles, one homer, two RBI, 11 walks and eight runs scored throughout the streak,” and with a stroll in a pinch hit look late in Monday’s sport, he’d, “reached base safely in 15 straight video games, posting a .456 on-base proportion (11 H, 16 BB) alongside the way in which,” so, yeah, each time he’s able to go on and get again in there, however no rush. No rush. Oh, additionally, “He additionally leads Main League Baseball with 68 walks.”

Doolittle And Harris Throw In Philly:

Sean Doolittle went on the IL with a left elbow sprain again in April, and went on the 60-Day after receiving a PRP injection in Could, and he was noticed throwing within the bullpen in Philly on Tuesday, so the Nationals’ supervisor was requested for the most recent on the rehabbing southpaw, and Will Harris (thoracic outlet surgical procedure), who threw in Residents Financial institution Park as properly.

“Doolittle is coming alongside,” Davey Martinez mentioned. “He’s simply form of doing touchy-feely on the mound, form of throwing off that downward slope, and Will really threw the ball properly, he threw 25 pitches, so he’ll throw one other bullpen in a pair days, after which we’ll see the place he’s at from there. He’s engaged on some issues mechanically, however he mentioned he feels good, his arm feels good, in order that’s excellent news. I feel he’s scheduled to throw a pair extra after which if he feels good we’re going to speak to him about perhaps going and going through some stay hitters and go from there.”

Harris, who was pretty sturdy over time earlier than signing a 3-year/$24M deal in D.C. in 2020, has made simply 28 appearances within the final three years (none this season, clearly), however he’s making sluggish progress after setbacks alongside the way in which, and getting nearer to discovering out if he’s going to have the ability to return from the unpredictable process (as his supervisor’s about to explain it).

“Nobody anticipated it to be this lengthy,” Martinez mentioned, “however as I at all times mentioned with this thoracic outlet surgical procedure, you by no means know, you actually don’t, however he’s working laborious, he’s working making an attempt to get again. He’s carried out every thing we requested him to do so far as physically-wise, now it’s simply getting him to that subsequent stage the place he can really go on the market and attempt to compete and face some hitters, and construct as much as that and see the place he’s at from there.”

“However as I’ve mentioned earlier than,” he added, “with that form of surgical procedure, it’s powerful to say the place they’re at, how they’re going to be, they could really feel good, they could come again after which as you all know, one thing may occur.”