Washington Nationals taking wait-and-see approach with Sean Doolittle’s left elbow sprain…

It’s a tricky blow, made even harder by the truth that Sean Doolittle, who struggled with accidents and decreased velocity when he final pitched for the Nationals in 2020, earlier than a return to the group as a free agent this 12 months after he pitched for each Cincinnati’s Reds and the Seattle Mariners in 2021, was off to a powerful begin.

Doolittle was throwing with elevated velo and was actually spectacular in his first few outings of the 2022 marketing campaign.

Following his sixth scoreless look of the season on Wednesday, nonetheless, the 35-year-old reliever felt one thing in his left elbow, which felt worse than some discomfort he’d had in there after his earlier outing in Pittsburgh. He felt once more as he warmed as much as pitch on Tuesday, and advised the crew’s trainers after he was executed that he didn’t really feel proper.

He went on the IL with a left elbow sprain earlier than the third of 4 with Arizona in D.C. final night time.

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“I couldn’t cease serious about it final night time. Flew too near the solar, man,” Doolittle advised reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, referring to his robust begin, profitable introduction of a brand new curve, and the elevated velocity this season.

“Lastly develops a breaking ball and finally ends up on the IL. It had been a protracted con. I’d been setting guys up for 10 years with out a breaking ball, and I begin throwing a breaking ball now, and look the place it received me,” he added, with what MASN’s Zuckerman described as a, “giggle and a sigh.”

His supervisor mentioned the information hit onerous, and he spent a very long time speaking to Doolittle after they received the outcomes of his MRI on Tuesday night time.

“It’s onerous,” Davey Martinez mentioned. “I talked to him final night time for some time, simply due to the historical past that we’ve collectively. It was robust. And I advised him, I mentioned, ‘Hey, we’ll determine this out. You’re robust, you’ve received the desire to get via this, and simply know that you’re not alone and we’ll get via this collectively and we’ll see what we provide you with. So, simply cling in there and rehab and prepare and hopefully we’ll neglect about this in a pair weeks and we’ll transfer on.”

There’s no timetable now for a way lengthy Doolittle is perhaps out.

“We don’t have a timetable,” Doolittle defined. “I do know that feels like I’m speaking round it and speaking in generalities, however we’ve received to let it inform us what’s occurring,” the left-hander mentioned. “So we’re going to throw ourselves into that course of proper now, beginning as we speak. I truly began final night time. By the top of that 10 days, we’ll begin throwing once more, see the place we’re at and go from there.”

“I believe at this level we’re simply going to see what 10 days, 12 days, will do,” Martinez added, “and we’ll know extra by then.

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“As you already know, I do know Sean talks quite a bit to you guys, [laughs], at this level we’re simply going to, one, we’re positively going to be cautious, and two, we’ll see how the following 10-12 days will play out. Hopefully the irritation will go down and if he feels higher, we’ll go from there.”

Martinez echoed what his reliever mentioned when he spoke about first listening to Doolittle had a difficulty along with his elbow.

“Actually, my first [time] listening to it was yesterday when he got here out of the sport. I do know he mentioned he felt some soreness, however he pitched in Pittsburgh and mentioned he felt nice, however yesterday after he got here out he mentioned he was much more sore than he was, so we determined to look into it slightly bit extra, we’ll look into it, interval, after which discovered he has some irritation.”


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